We all need sleep. Sleep plays an important part in your physical health. One important reason is that sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. When we don’t get good sleep we have an increased risk of heart disease, Kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.
Obviously sleep is very important and not something you want to band aid with Energy Drinks and Caffeine.
Here are 10 ways you can improve your sleep this week:
Create a Clutter Free Sanctuary.
Your brain deserves the balm of a soothing, organized, pleasant environment, free of worrisome reminders like baskets of laundry that needs to be folded, stacks of magazines to be sorted, or bills to be paid. Consider painting the walls a soothing color, too. How about sage green or a luminous, pale purple-blue?
Block the light
Moonlight, street lights, late sunsets, and early dawns can all interfere with the circadian rhythm changes you need to fall asleep.
Reserve the bedroom for sex and sleep
Don’t water TV in bed and don’t pay bills in bed, experts say. You don’t want to start linking your bed with activities that keep you awake or that cause worry.
Nestle on a new pillow
If yours is more than six months old, or if you wake up in the morning with a sore neck and shoulders or a stuffy nose, it may be time for new head support. The best pillow depends on you, but here are some pointers
Outside walls and windows in your bedroom mean more noise. Locating your sleeping spot along and inside wall could improve things, a Spanish study suggests.
Turn your digital clock to the wall
The problem with having a digital clock, with a big luminous display is that you may have a sleeping problem when you do not. You make wake for a moment at 2 am, drift back to sleep, then wake again at 2:30 – and think you’ve been awake the whole time. It’s annoying and leads to anxiety.
Keep bedroom reading to a minimum
A few minutes of relaxing reading is a perfectly fine pre-sleep ritual. But if you get in the habit of reading in bed for a long time, or if the only time your read is at night in bed, that’s a problem. You should do any prolonged reading in a chair in another room during waking hours.
Splurge on new pajamas
Yes, your old night gown or boxers are still in good condition, but if they’re not completely comfy, you deserve better. Invest in 100 percent cotton pajamas for cool comfort or cozy flannels for cold winter nights.
Scent your sheets with Lavender
Place a single drop of lavender essential oil on your pillow or spray your sheets with lavender water before you turn in. Studies at the University of Leicester in England found that this soothing botanical works as well as sleeping pills for quelling insomnia and tension.
Kick Fluffy and Fido out of your oasis
Sorry animal lovers! Studies have shown that one in five pet owners sleep with their pets – or more accurately, don’t sleep, because their pets are on the bed or in the room. It could be that sneeze-provoking kitty dander, those midnight potty runs to the backyard, or the patter of little Labradoodle feet, but even more incriminating, is studies showed that 21 percent of dogs and 7 percent of cats actually snore!
So, what actually is a Sleep Friendly Lifestyle? Come back on Friday where I explain what that is and how you can live the lifestyle today!
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