I live to sleep, I don’t sleep to live. In fact, I absolutely love crawling into bed and going to sleep and I have ever since I was a kid. I was one of the bizarre children that actually had to be woken up on Christmas morning and I was the one in college who was home and in bed by 11 pm on weekends. You could say I take sleep very seriously. Sleep is important to our physical and mental health. Here are 8 facts you need to know about sleep. 

According to Sleep.org, the recommended temperature for your room to be when you’re trying to sleep or rest is 60 to 67 degrees.

Your body temperature goes down when it is trying to fall asleep and while it is asleep so by being in a cooler room, your body can begin that process a bit faster. 

Certain sounds can also improve the quality of your sleep.

Sleep.org categorizes the helpful sounds into white noise, pink noise, and music. Starting with music, they acknowledge that classical music is a great way to allow your body and brain to relax and even has been shown to improve your memory; however, as far as music goes, they recommend not listening with headphones on. Pink noise is a sound with a consistent frequency like falling rain, waves crashing, or the sound of frogs. Then, there is white noise which is a combination of noise frequencies that drowns out other sounds. This noise is great for people with insomnia. 

Speaking of insomnia, one in four people develop insomnia each year.

SleepFoundation.org defines insomnia as “…difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, even when a person has the chance to do so. People with insomnia can feel dissatisfied with their sleep and usually experience one or more of the following symptoms: fatigue, low energy, difficulty concentrating, mood disturbances, and decreased performance in work or at school.”

The SleepFoundation.org says sleeping with the lights on may not be the best thing for your sleep.

The website states: “Exposure to light stimulates a nerve pathway from the eye to parts of the brain that control hormones, body temperature and other functions that play a role in making us feel sleepy or wide-awake.” This is why doctors say that your lights should be dimmed before bed or your technology should not be on it’s brightest setting. 

Having a nightly schedule is only of benefit to your circadian rhythm.

Healthline notes that when you don’t have a set sleep schedule that your body has become accustomed to, your sleep quality is quite poor. 

Alcohol lowers your ability to sleep

Alcohol actually lowers your melatonin production which can cause problems with your circadian rhythm. It also disrupts your already established sleep patterns.

Know the scents that help you fall asleep

Sleep.org lists some scents that can assist you in relaxation or sleep: lavender, vanilla, and jasmine being the specific scents that are listed, but they also recommend any smells that you enjoy. It is important to remind everyone that using a candle is extremely dangerous so try to use something like an oil diffuser. 

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Know the best sleep accessories

Weighted blankets are becoming more and more popular. Sleep.org says weighted blankets are greats for those who suffer from anxiety and the weights can relax the nervous system which could assist with the physical reaction to anxiety. Weighted blankets can reduce restlessness and increase serotonin levels.

Make sure that your sleep practices are right for you. If you feel as though you might be suffering from sleep disorder, then see your doctor or get a recommendation to a sleep neurologist. 

Sleep tight.

Caroline C.
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