In Health on Sunday 2nd Apr, 2017

How you sleep can impact your healthy lifestyle

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Statistics show that the average person over 60 has a harder time falling asleep than they did when younger, with 44 percent reporting experiencing insomnia.

Fortunately, in most cases, there’s something that can be done to get you back on track to Snoozeville!

Kick technology out of bed

It can be very tempting to check your phone just before bed or, worse yet, watch TV in your bedroom. But studies show that engaging with your devices can cause stress or mental stimulus that makes your brain think it’s day time. Keeping technology out of the bedroom will improve your chances of going to sleep easily.

Turn off the light

Rooms that have a busy road outside, a bright street lamp, or regular light spill if you live closer to a city, are not conducive to sound sleep. To get the most out of a night’s rest, invest in some nice heavy curtains to block out this light. Light stimulates the eyes, even while sleeping, and can cause the body’s clock to misfire. Also, if you have pets that might jump up on the bed or are generally disruptive at night then you might want to make sure they have their own space outside of the bedroom to sleep.

Get out of the bed!

One of the most common mistakes that people make is if they are tossing and turning, unable to sleep, but stay in bed because it’s bedtime. Chances are, if you’re sleeping next to your partner you’re disrupting their sleep as well.  

Experts believe that if you can’t sleep, you should get out of bed because the brain should only associate the bed with sleeping. This also goes for when you wake up in the morning – instead of checking your phone or reading in bed in the morning, do that in the kitchen while getting your morning coffee or breakfast ready.

Eliminating distractions from your bedroom and keeping a good sleep routine will mean you will get to sleep more easily and, more importantly, once you’re asleep you will stay asleep.

If sleep issues after trying these easy methods, you might have an undiagnosed sleep condition and should consult your doctor.

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