A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP
Have you ever found yourself waking up in the morning feeling as tired as when you went to bed? It happens to me more than I care to admit. I’m a night owl that likes to tie up loose ends into the wee hours of the morning. What I’ve noticed though is when I allow myself a few more hours in the morning; I’m still groggy for several hours after I get up.
Author Arianna Huffington’s new book, The Sleep Revolution tackles this worldwide sleep crisis phenomenon. Huffington points out, “In today’s fast-paced, always connected, and perpetually harried world, a good night’s sleep is more important—and elusive—than ever. Traveling all over the world to promote my book, I found that the subject people wanted to discuss more—by far—was sleep: How difficult it is to get enough, how tough it is to wind down, and how hard it is to fall asleep and stay asleep, even when we set aside enough time.” She adds, “I call sleep deprivation ‘the new smoking.’ Unfortunately, the comparison is apt, both in terms of the dangers and our attitude. From the moment we’re born until the moment we die, we’re in a relationship with sleep. In the last four decades, science has validated much of the ancient wisdom about the importance of sleep.”
If we believe to be successful in this world we must compromise sleep, we better wake up! Below are 12 tips the author recommends for better sleep:
Create a bedroom environment that’s dark, quiet, and cool;
Turn off electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime;
Don’t charge your phone next to your bed. Even better: Gently escort all devices completely out of your room;
Stop drinking caffeine after 2pm;
Use your bed for sleep and romance—no work;
Keep pets off the bed;
Take a hot bath with Epsom salts in the evening to help calm your mind and body;
Wear pajamas, nightdresses, or even a special T-shirt—it’ll send a sleep-friendly message to your body;
Do some light stretching, deep breathing, yoga, or mediation to help your body and your mind transition to sleep;
Choose a real book or an e-reader that does not emit blue light, and not material from work;
Sip chamomile or lavender tea to ease yourself into sleep mode;
Write down a list of what you’re grateful for before bed.
Do yourself a favor, if you’re looking to enhance your daily life, put more sleep time in the bank. There is no divorce option in this relationship. Now, get some sleep!
Originally published in the Bay City Tribune on Sunday, October 23, 2016.