How many hours do you sleep at night? Recent studies are showing many of us get less than the required amount. We stay up too late and get up too early. Before Michael Jackson died, he was said to be sleeping about an hour a night. Most of us get more sleep than that, but do we sleep enough? Getting enough sleep is more than important; it’s critical to the ability to function. Most experts recommend anywhere from 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. If that sounds like a lot, consider that professional athletes like LeBron James or Lindsay Vonn, and those with physically demanding professions often need more.
What Happens When You Don’t Sleep Enough?
Your mind is less alert, your memory is impaired, and your ability to process information is hindered. Additionally, the general lack of energy that comes from sleep deprivation can make even the most routine tasks seem like a chore.
How Can You Sleep Better?
If you have the time for a good night’s rest but just can’t seem to wind down, it could have something to do with your daily habits. First, start with limiting caffeine and alcohol. Alcohol inhibits your R.E.M. (deep) sleep, and caffeine sticks around in your system for about 12 hours. Try not to consume any alcohol or caffeinated drinks past the late afternoon or early evening.
Another way to sleep better at night is to stick to a schedule. Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day helps train your body to sleep during specific hours. When you go to bed and wake up at different times every day, it can confuse your body’s sleep/wake cycle.
Your Environment Makes a Difference
Your bedroom should be a relaxing environment that’s conducive to restful sleep. The atmosphere should be cool, dark, quiet, and comfortable. Make sure all of the electronics in your room, if you have any, are off and there aren’t any errant lights shining in your eyes. If too much light is coming through your windows, look into getting blackout curtains.
Finally, your bed makes a difference. A comfortable mattress is necessary for a good night’s sleep. By using a therapeutic weighted blanket by Comfitude, you’ll wrap yourself in a big hug. Our therapeutic weighted blankets are light enough to give you freedom of movement, but heavy enough to provide you with much-needed comfort and support.
How Does Comfitude Work?
Comfitude therapeutic weighted blankets are designed to stimulate your body’s touch receptors in the same way that getting a hug would, thereby releasing soothing hormones that help you relax in ways no other blankets can.
Getting enough sleep in today’s world is a constant challenge. Following these suggestions can help you tip the scales in favor of a restful night.