To function as well as possible, you should be getting between seven and nine hours of sleep daily. Did you know, however, that many of us fail to get an adequate amount of sleep?
If you’ve ever drunk alcohol, you’ll be only too aware of the fact that it can make you very drowsy. You might think, therefore, that a glass of wine or a beer before bed will help you sleep. However, how true is this? In this article, we take a look at the facts on how alcohol affects the quantity and quality of your sleep.
If you’ve even laid awake at night tossing, turning, and counting sheep, you’ll have been desperate for some sort of revelation or cure to bring you a good night’s sleep. It’s true that some people can sleep through anything. However, when you live in a noisy area, or if you’re a shift worker trying to sleep during the day in a full house, you’ll be aware of just how difficult getting to sleep is, even when you’re exhausted.
It’s that time of year again. You know the one, where you start off the new year with all the best intentions and hopes for the coming 12 months, and by the time you get to mid-January, they’re completely forgotten about!
Good quality sleep is something that we take for granted, however, during the holidays it can be hard to come by. What with all the activities and festivities surrounding the holidays:
- shopping for presents
- baking cookies
- writing out christmas cards
- attending parties
- suffering from jet lag from travel
- eating and drinking too many sugary treats
- drinking alcohol
- sleeping in unfamiliar locations when you’re visiting family
- eating huge heavy calorie-laden foods before bed
- working more hours if you’re in retail
- and many later than normal bedtimes
It’s no wonder that your internal clock can become messed up.
According to a new study, quality is more important than quantity when it comes to restful sleep. The study, exploring the relationship between insomnia and “objective assessments of sleep in the general population of older adults, reveals that seniors should focus more on quality of sleep than quantity of sleep in order to feel better rested.
Sound is one of the 5 senses that impact sleep. And chances are you’ve heard of white noise. What you may not understand, though, is what it has to do with getting a good night’s sleep. If you’re like so many Americans who struggle to get an adequate amount of sleep night after night, you can surely appreciate the need for any edge you can get when it comes to not only falling asleep, but also to remaining asleep at night. White noise can help with that.
A recent study, reported on in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, points out the impact windows and daylight exposure has on not only the health, but also the sleep quality of office workers.
Having trouble getting rid of that pesky cold? Have one that keeps coming back with greater consistency than a boomerang? A 2009 study suggests that it might not be your cold medicine that’s failing to do the job, but an inadequate amount of sleep instead.
That extra hour of sleep may add a little bit of spring in your step when coming off of Daylight Saving Time, but it has a decidedly different impact from what you may expect. Changing your body clock is never as simple as dialing the numbers on the clock back or forward an hour once a year.