June 28, 2012
Sleep is such an important part of our daily lives. We
sleep one third of our lives in fact. A lot of us however do have sleeping problems. Most people don’t know that they themselves are the cause of many of their own problems. Bad Habits before bed like; foods, exercise and the availability of the internet, sleeping pills and even napping are just some of the main reasons why people have problems sleeping at night. Our bodies are creatures of habit and by slumping into a poor sleeping pattern may have effects on your entire life. When most people realize their poor sleeping patterns they turn to a quick fix instead of getting to the root of the problem. One should look for the underlying imbalance or self-created problem and fix it. This will not cause more health problems that the quick fix sleeping pills, masks and other remedies cause. If you are trying to figure out what sleeping mistakes you’re making, start with a sleep journal. Keep track of your sleeping patterns and after a few weeks look back and see if you are getting as much sleep as you need 7–9 hours as recommended by the National Sleep Foundation, and if you are not make changes in your life to ensure you get the rest your body needs.
One common mistake that people make is not sticking to a consistent sleep schedule. A lot of times people think that they can make up for lost sleep. This is one of the most common sleep myths. If you miss a few hours of sleep one night you can’t sleep a few extra hours the following night. For your body to get into a constant healthy sleep schedule you must train your body to go to sleep and wake up at the same time each night.
Napping is a great way to get a little pick me up through a long hard day. However too much of a good thing is no longer a good thing. Napping for longer than 20–30 minutes can make you sleep less at night when you really need it. Also try not to nap after 4 p.m. this will also keep you up at night and take away from the better sleep at night when you really need it. Generally, short naps don’t hurt sleep; in fact, short naps for half an hour after lunch or a twenty-minute power nap befoyourself on the weekends either. Lost sleep during the week is often just made worse by sleeping in on the weekends. Establish a healthy sleeping schedule and see if you feel healthier.Like long naps you should also avoid eating a few hours before bed. When you eat before bed your blood sugar is raised and your body becomes over stressed. This does not allow you to get a peaceful nights rest because your body is breaking down the food that your ate before bed.re 4 p.m. helps many people sleep better.
Get prepared to go to sleep. With everything going on in life most of us try to fit in as much as possible into our days. We should not go from active to trying to go to bed without preparing ourselves to do so. Some research suggests that not stimulating the brain with TV or computer screens and other electronic devices one hour before you plan to go to sleep. Diming the lights may also help get your body ready to bed. Try to remove distractions when you are preparing for bed. Don’t take your problems to bed.
Sleeping pills are very dangerous and one should consult his or her physician before taking or stopping sleeping pills. With this said many sleep studies have concluded that sleeping pills, whether prescription or over-the-counter, do more harm than good over the long-term. They can be highly addictive, and studies have found them to be potentially dangerous. If you can, try to stay away from sleeping medication.
When it comes to sleep there are so many factors that play into the way we sleep and how that affects us in the morning then throughout the day. If you use a few of these simple tricks you can get a better rest at night. We are always looking for experiences, advice and your opinions so join the conversation on Facebook or Tweet #intelliBED on Twitter or one of the many intelliBED Social Networks. Thank you for helping intelliBED perfect the science of sleep.