When it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, sleep often gets overlooked. On Keep Life Simple we have already touched on how many women don’t sleep well enough to rest and rejuvenate their bodies. In this post we look at some healthy sleeping tips to ensure that your sleep is the best you can get.
We all have those nights where we can’t sleep no matter what we do. Devon Hopp believes that one of the main reasons that people find it hard to sleep has nothing to with the person, but the room. She writes that research has confirmed that a bedroom at a low temperature helps send a person to sleep, as the body’s temperature should cool before sleeping. “If your bedroom is too warm, it can interfere with this natural temperature cycle and make you feel restless.”
Dimming the lights before you go to bed will help your body prepare for sleep by triggering the brain to release the sleep hormone melatonin. While it is best to keep all lights off in the bedroom, the one colour that should be avoided at all cost is blue. This is the most effective colour to reduce the production of melatonin. It is also best to avoid alarm clocks with electronic lights.
The Right Amount of Time
We all have busy lives these days and it can be hard to switch off. Sleep can seem like an inconvenience especially when you want to stay up, but getting the right amount of sleep can have numerous health benefits.
Everyday Health created a list of the ideal amount of sleep each age group should get. The list showed that adults should get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night. The health site noted that the chances of diabetes and obesity could be increased by an extended lack of sleep.
Studies have shown that people typically spend more than two hours each night dreaming. Dreams are very important to our sleep cycle and are most likely to happen during REM sleep. Researchers have proven that REM sleep is an important part of memory consolidation in mammals. If you have dreamed during your sleep it is a sign that you got a healthy amount of sleep.
Our obsession with dreams goes back centuries and has helped shape the world we live in. Why we dream certain dreams is unexplainable, yet this hasn’t stopped us from speculating often for entertainment purposes. Films like Christopher Nolan’s Inception have examined how dreams are constructed in our mind.
Other companies use dreams to tap into new markets. Digital gaming provider Slingo released a game called Rainforest Dream slots that is built around the idea of a perfect environment. We often create perfect constructs in our dreams and these can help form ideas. So the next time you skip your recommended sleep time be aware that your next great idea could be missed.
Sleep is vital to our wellbeing and unlike gym memberships or fancy diets it won’t cost you a dollar to improve. If you believe that you are leading a healthy life but still don’t feel 100%, examine your sleeping pattern.
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