Posted on Jan 25, 2010 | Comments 2
Sleeping well is critical to how well we are able to function at work, school or other activities.
Sleep is an essential restorative process that is fundamental to the body’s state of balance and well-being.
Obviously, there are those times when sleeping will elude you for some reason or other. However, you should consistently aim for getting sufficient sleep if you expect your body to function optimally.
Sadly, going by the phenomenal sleeping pill prescriptions dispensed annually, it seems like a good night’s sleep eludes many.
True, there are various factors that deprive you of sleeping well. However, some simple measures are within your reach, and if effected, it is possible to achieve better sleep.
The sleeping environment, ideally, your bedroom is where you must strive to make changes to achieve a more conducive sleeping zone. It is thought that adjusting room temperature can help you achieve better sleep.
It is best to adjust the room temperature as soon as you walk into your bedroom. Set the room temperature to be cool when you retreat into the room to capture some sleep.
As the night progress, a balance is achieved because your body temperature will have dropped and will be similar to room temperature, thus enabling better sleep.
Finding the right temperature will be easier if you sleep alone. But if you share the room, it may be more complicated achieving a temperature that is satisfactory to both of you and compromise must come in.
Other adjustments that can be made in the sleeping environment are working on the light available and reducing noise level. Light tends to interfere with how quickly one can drift into sleep.
A fair amount of light in the room can also disrupt your sleep. Try and limit the degree of light availability in the room.
If you have a security light just outside your window, you may have to ensure that your blinds or curtains are really thick and dark colored so as to shut out interfering light at night. This also works well to limit light filtering into the room on those brightly lit moonlit nights.
Noise may come from an air conditioner, a fan, a dripping tap or a ticking clock. The fact is, even these sorts of regular noises that we get accustomed to during the day, can sound much louder at night when you’re trying to sleep. They have the capacity to rob you of a good night’s sleep.
So check on the cause of bedroom noises and other household noises, and see how best to minimize or eliminate them. If you’re unable to control the presence of noise, you may want to buy some ear plugs to help you capture better sleep at night.
Posted in: Sleep Disorders