Conquering the 4 Most Common Sleep Deterrents
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The 4 most common sleep deterrents, and how to overcome them for better quality sleep, and better health.
Sleep is important. Getting the right amount and quality while avoiding sleep deterrents is crucial if you want to ensure that your body keeps operating the right way. We only have to look at the impact of a lack of sleep to understand why. After forty-eight hours with no sleep, you will start to hallucinate. Your brain needs to recover and you will no longer have a firm grasp on reality. Your eyes will also spasm and you will develop tremors. Sleep is like powering down your computer. It gives you the time you need to rest and rejuvenate.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of issues that can stop us getting to sleep, many of which you may not be completely aware of. But that’s about to change. After reading this article you’ll know all the common and secret issues that can cause a lack of sleep. We’ll start with the level of technology in your room.
Tech And Sleep
Are you one of those people who sleep with their cell phone next to their bed or even under their pillow? Don’t worry if you do, you’re certainly not alone. This type of behavioral sleep deterrent is due to FOMO or fear of missing out. Simply put, you don’t want to miss out on any updates or notifications while you’re asleep. You’re hoping that your phone will vibrate and wake you up. As well as this, research shows that social messaging apps, websites and games are designed to be as addictive as possible. Have you ever stared at your phone waiting for someone to message back? Well, that’s because you get a certain level of joy or gratification from that flash of a new message on your phone. The focus on this type of tech can certainly cause a lack of sleep, but there’s another issue with tech.
Having tech this close to you while you are trying to sleep can cause it to impact your sleeping pattern. The tech here releases electromagnetic rays of energy. That energy can and will stop you from reaching the deepest levels of sleep. While you might close your eyes and lose consciousness, you may not feel completely rested when the morning arrives.
That’s why you should think about removing most of the tech from your room. This will help you reach the deepest form of sleep and get the high-quality rest and sleep your body needs.
A Different Type Of Pollution
You’ve heard of noise pollution, air pollution, and even water pollution but what about light pollution. Have you ever looked up at a clear night sky and been unable to see a signal star? Well, this could be due to the smog in the atmosphere. Or, it could also be due to the level of light from a nearby city or town.
But light pollution has a more personal effect as well. If you live in a city or town, you might have a street light near your bedroom window. These have to be bright enough to ensure that streets are safe to walk at night and that can mean they are bright enough to shine right through your curtain. If a room is too bright, it will act as a sleep deterrent and you will struggle to get the level of sleep that you need. Thankfully, there is a solution. Stores like Deconovo sell blackout curtains that offer the perfect, stylish way to keep light out of your property.
You can also look into getting blackout blinds. It all depends on the type of style or design that you want to create in your home. You should also think about using these window coverings in your kid’s rooms particularly if they too are having trouble sleeping.
Next, let’s think about stress. Stress can creep up on you or it can be lurking in the background of your mind. Either way, it can be enough to stop you from falling asleep. When we are stressed we typically have thoughts that haunt us. This could be anything from the worry that we might not be able to pay the bills next month to concerns about work. We all get stressed, but it’s important that you have a way to deal with this. Exercise can help. Working up a sweat each day is a great way to make sure that you are getting rid of your stress because ultimately you can clear your mind. It doesn’t need to be strenuous exercise either. Yoga is a great way to relieve stress and many people find it very soothing.
Be aware that exercise may also tire you out before bed and ensure that you aren’t rearing to go after you hit the pillow. But it must be done earlier in the day, at least 3 hours before bed.
Another great way to deal with stress is through writing. You should consider writing down your thoughts, feelings, and emotions before bed. By doing this, you are sending yourself a message that you have dealt with these issues. As such, they shouldn’t haunt you when you are trying to sleep.
Food For Thought?
Food and substances in your diet can also make sleep more difficult. You might love your morning cup of jo, but did you know that drinking coffee or any drink with caffeine actually disrupts the hormone that naturally controls your sleeping pattern? It makes it more difficult to fall asleep without artificial substances. As such, if you are having trouble sleeping you may want to lay off the coffee. At minimum, set a limit of no coffee after 2pm.
You might also want to reduce the amount of sugar in your diet. The effects of sugar can last a lot longer than after you consume a meal and alter your ability to sleep. You wouldn’t give kids sugar before bed because it will make them hyper. But sugar has the same type of effect on anyone regardless of their age if they consume too much of it.
We hope you see now that there are a variety of common sleep deterrents that could stop you from falling asleep. But they all have solutions. And if you take the time to think about this, you will get a better night sleep. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed, ready to tackle a new day head on.
Do you know of any other sleep deterrents? Let me know in the comments below, and how you get around them!
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