- To be able to address our sleeping troubles, you must first find out and understand the things/habits that are causing the interruptions.
- In this article, I have provided 5 lifestyle-specific workarounds to help you overcome your sleeping difficulties.
It feels so good to wake up in the morning fully energized and ready to face the day ahead. Having a good night’s sleep makes you more focused about the things that are going on around you. It helps bring out a positive attitude, which is significant to your health, beauty and relationships. According to National Sleep Foundation (NSF), the recommended range of sleep of people from 18-64 years old is 7-9 hours and 6 hours being acceptable in certain situations.
If you’re getting less than the minimum required hours, it can have harmful implications to your physical and emotional state. Lack of sleep affects your attitude by making you grumpy and unfocused. It impairs your ability to think wisely and stops you from performing your best at work. It also kills your sex drive and leaves the romance dry, which can be bad for your relationship.
Moreover, your skin and your whole body automatically change from protection mode during daytime to repair and renewal mode at night. “Lack of sleep causes blood vessels to dilate, causing the look of dark circles,” explains dermatologist Sonia Badreshia-Bansal, MD, of the University of California, San Francisco. One all-nighter can lead to pimples and dark circles. Aside from being painful and unattractive, developing any of these conditions is surely to cause suffering and result in even more sleep loss! Furthermore, sleep deprivation suppresses your immune system which can make you more prone to illnesses and infections.
Sleep is vital to life. If something is preventing you from hitting the sack, you have to do something about it. Here are 5 sleep culprits that you should be aware of.
1) Electronic Gadgets
Stay away from your computer, smartphone and tablet. You won’t be able to relax your mind if you’re checking from time to time how many likes your recent Facebook post got or if you’re too busy playing that online game. If it’s possible, turn your tech off at least 2 hours before you sleep. Spend some quality time with your partner and talk about your day. If you’re single, well, count your blessings.
Contrary to what many people thought, smoking before bedtime does not calm your mind. According to the study conducted by the University of Florida and Research Triangle Park, researchers show that smokers have more trouble falling asleep compared to non-smokers. They also found out that for each cigarette smoked total sleep time decreased by 1.2 minutes.
The main culprit is the stimulant known as Nicotine. It is one of the most common causes of “drug-related” insomnia. Cigarettes leave you wired but restless. Moreover, it impairs your brain oxygen level, obstructing you from getting sleep. It will always be, as it has always been, forever dangerous to your health.