Creative Ways to Help You Sleep Better
Sleep is a human necessity that ensures we not only stay healthy, but also perform optimally. However, with growing responsibilities and poor lifestyle habits, most people rarely have quality sleep. This has led to a significant increase in illnesses related to sleep deprivation such as weight gain, stroke, and diabetes.
An infographic published by DisturbMeNot on bizarre sleeping habits of various celebrities showcases how they get creative to either get some sleep or avoid sleeping too much.
Here are a few tips on how to ensure you get enough sleep:
Increase your exposure to bright light during the day
The ‘sleep department’ in your body is governed by the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that regulates the release of melatonin, the sleep hormone. It is meant to be released when it gets dark.
Natural light from the sun triggers our minds to wake up and stay alert, hence improving daylight energy. By doing so, the hypothalamus refrains from releasing melatonin until nightfall. This, in turn, helps you sleep better at night by keeping your circadian rhythm healthy.
You can increase your daytime exposure by improving indoor artificial lighting and drawing curtains to let in enough sunlight into your home or office.
Make use of blue light filters in the evening
With the current digital era bringing about social media, we can now connect to anyone anywhere with just a few clicks on our phones, tablets or computers. However, these devices are so addictive that many people have taken up an unhealthy lifestyle of interacting with friends and family late into the night.
What most people don’t know is that such devices emit high amounts of blue light, which our brains interpret as “daytime light”. In effect, our circadian rhythm is affected and the hypothalamus refrains from releasing melatonin until the blue light stimulus is terminated.
To counter this effect, you should get devices that have a built-in blue light filter feature. Additionally, you can download apps that filter blue light from your respective devices. Also, make a habit of turning off the TV and other devices at least an hour before you go to bed, like the well-known businesswoman, Arianna Huffington, does.
Optimize your bedroom environment
Your bedroom should be comfortable enough for you to sleep in. It is, therefore, your duty to make it as sleep-friendly as you possibly can, no matter how bizarre it may look. Even famous celebrities do it.
According to the infographic, Tom Cruise sleeps in a small, comfortable and dark soundproof bedroom, while Lady Gaga is known to sleep inside a gigantic egg structure, which she claims soothes her. Eminem, on the other hand, uses tin foil to keep light from coming through his bedroom window.
Know your sleeping pattern
We all have different responsibilities which govern our schedules. Therefore, it is your personal prerogative to find what kind of sleeping pattern best works for you. You can try out the monophasic, biphasic and polyphasic sleeping patterns until you get your niche.
Actor, W. C. Fields, used to attach a sprinkler to an umbrella in his bedroom window to emulate the sound of rain for him to sleep.
Famous painter, Salvador Dali, who used to sleep a lot, always took a siesta with a key in his hand poised above a metal plate. As soon as he fell into a deep sleep, the key would fall and make a loud bang that would wake him up to work again.
As indicated in the infographic, if you have trouble with too much or lack of sleep, find out what sleeping environment works best for you.