It’s estimated that we spend up to a third of our lives asleep – though tell that to any new Mom, and they might doubt it. It’s a simple biological process that we all rely on for our health. Yet somehow, we get it wrong so often.
When we don’t sleep well, we don’t function. It really is that simple. Sleep is the time our bodies recharge, run repairs and even solidify memories. If you’re yawning in the middle of the day or always looking for one more hit of the snooze button, it’s time to figure out why.
You Have Poor Sleep Hygiene
Sleep hygiene is the medical term for the process of going to sleep. You can’t expect to shutdown your computer and immediately fall into a blissful sleep; there has to be a process of calming your mind. Tips include:
- Going to bed at roughly the same time each night, and getting up at the same time each morning.
- Making sure your room is comfortable for sleep. This means using fans or air conditioners to control temperature; it’s difficult to sleep when you’re too hot. In summer, with lighter nights, then blackout made blinds can help you switch from daytime to night. Your bedding should be comfortable and supportive.
- You don’t let yourself use the snooze button, as it can have catastrophic effects on your ability to be productive.
You Have An Underlying Health Condition
And you may or may not know about it. If you are getting enough sleep but still not feeling rested, then sleep apnea is one of the primary suspects. It’s not dangerous, but it is something you should know about it. Furthermore, vitamin deficiencies can impact your sleep cycle. For example, a B12 deficiency leads to a lack of REM sleep – if you don’t ever recall dreaming, then this could be a suspect.
You’re Too Exposed To Blue Light
Blue light is not necessarily blue; it’s just on the blue spectrum of light. It’s the kind of light emitted by TVs, computer screens and cellphones. Use a blue light dipping app on your phone and computer, and don’t watch TV for at least half an hour before going to bed. I’ve been looking at some blue light blocking glasses for kids because I’ve heard they can be really helpful. I really don’t want myself or my daughter being exposed to blue light so I’ll probably get us both a pair.
Your Mind Is Too Cluttered
We’ve all had nights where we can’t sleep as our mind is racing. It’s tempting just to stay in bed and try to power through, but it rarely works. Get into the habit of recording your thoughts, and particularly a to-do list, before you go to bed. That way, nothing can jump out at you as important when you should be drifting off.
Insomnia and daytime tiredness are not things that you just have to deal with. If it’s becoming a real issue for you, then talk to a doctor about it or consider altering your routine. Sleep is far too vital to your bodily health to be dismissive of how a problem with it can damage you. To live life to the fullest, you need to be rested and ready for it.