Written by Weekly Contributor
We all know, don't we, that a good night's sleep is essential for our health. When we talk about a good night's sleep, what we usually mean is the amount of time we sleep. Six hours is good, eight hours maybe a little too much. That kind of thing. But we also know all about the times when we technically sleep from midnight to six or seven A.M, but with wake-ups at two, four and five. Those aren't so good.
And then there are still other times when we'd be convinced we slept right through but still feel wiped. What's going on there? Well, the answer is that it's not just how MUCH sleep we're getting that matters. It also matters that it's good quality sleep. Without that, then you could sleep for sixteen hours and still not feel rested. If you find yourself sleeping "seven hours" and still feeling dead, the following could help.
1. Leave Your Phone Alone In The Twilight Zone
Do you go to bed and read Twitter on your phone for a while? Or browse the web "to help you relax"? Here's the bad news: You're trampling all over your good night's sleep. The light our phones, tablets and laptops give off stops us releasing melatonin. It turns out, that's what tells our brains it's night-time. So about two hours before bed, phones down. Tablet away. Even dim the brightness on the TV.
2. Darker Than That
Once you've got rid of the brain-frying devices for the evening, you may think you've got it dark enough. Unfortunately, your local council may have other ideas. Street lights outside can give off more light than is good for us. And even if there's not one of those nearby, the moon can make it too bright. Buying blinds to get a proper darkness in your room is a good idea. Sources like Blackoutblinds.ca are a good place to start.
3. Going Over The Day You've Had? Stop It.
We all have days where everything that happened seemed to be part of some conspiracy to make us angry. From the idiot at the bus stop who insulted you for no good reason, to the co-worker who didn't understand personal space. You may have thought of the perfect thing you should have said. http://wordsmith.org/words/esprit_d_escalier.html knows your pain! But turning it over in your mind is not going to help you sleep.We really do need good sleep, for countless reasons. There's a reason that sleep deprivation is used as a torture method! After long enough without the right quality and quantity of sleep, we can begin to feel like we're losing our minds. And that's just the half of it. Sleeping badly and for too short a time can have physical consequences too.
So, it's not just vampires who need it to be dark every so often. Your witty retort to those who displease you will have to wait. You can use that time to work on your delivery. For now, get some proper sleep - the benefits are immediate and obvious.