Learn how to sleep better and how to overcome sleep disorders in adults and children. Many people are searching for the Holy Grail of how to sleep better. I know this because I have spent 3 and a half years working as a Sleep Consultant. Amazing isn't it that something so natural as sleep could be so elusive for so many people!
Animals don't seem to have any trouble sleeping. They do their little sleep rituals, (ever seen a dog or cat turn round and round in circles before they finally lie down?) and then poof! out they go and they sleep the right amount of deep rejuvenating sleep that they as a species need.
Did you know that sleep is something that we do to rejuvenate the body? It is how we regenerate the cells, muscles, brain and organs of the body after the day's onslaught whatever that may be.
These days, on average, we are getting 1-2 hours less sleep than our grandparents. We stay up and watch TV, go out, have lights to read by etc. Our grandparents would have slept around 9 hours each night. Most of us now are getting between 6-7 hours per night.
So if we are existing on less sleep, it stands to reason that if we have a couple of nights during the week where we watch a late movie or go out, then we end up at the end of the week with a sleep debt. We actually go into the red with our sleep. If we stay up every night and lose a couple of hours every night then our bodies start to really suffer for it.
What Happens if We Don't Get Enough Sleep?
According to one sleep study funded by the MacArthur Foundation, a week-long sleep debt of three or four hours a night diminishes people's ability to manage stress, process carbohydrates, and the body's ability to fight off infections, as reported in the Science Section of the New York Times (December 28, 1999).
So, How to Sleep Better?
The very first thing I would suggest is that you make sure you are getting enough sleep. For proper rejuvenation of the mind and body, most adults need an average of 8 hours sleep each night.Easier said than done?
I understand your frustration if you are having trouble sleeping. I suffered from insomnia for most of my life. I had restless legs, nightmares, scoliosis (spine curvatures, shoulder pain, a snoring husband, oh yes and those three little kids I had all under 4 years of age hehe. A recipe for a monumental sleep debt.
It all added up to chronic fatigue and major stress that I could not seem to cope with. My life started to crumble at the seams and my relationship failed. I ended up with the kids, alone, struggling to stay awake and to be a real mother to my brood.
Even then, all I did was look for some natural sleep remedies, which did help but they didn't address the cause of the problem. So on I went for years until I started working as a sleep consultant (ironic I know), and the wonderful training I did, the research I did, came to my rescue.
In my research, I came to understand that there were several things that can adversely affect your sleep. All of those things were a part of my nightly struggle for sleep and I set about changing them.
My Tips on How to Sleep Better
I would say that the following are the foundations of good sleep:
If you suspect you or your partner have sleep apnea, then please get it diagnosed through a sleep clinic. Ask your GP for a referral. If it turns out that sleep apnea is the problem don't despair! You will be offered a machine to use at night to regulate your breathing.
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