In National Use of Prescription Medications for Insomnia, appearing in Volume 37, Issue 02 of the journal SLEEP, Harvard Medical School reports that approximately 3.5 percent (nearly six million) U.S. adults admitted to the use of sleeping pills within a one-month period of time. The study, conducted for the years 2009 and 2010, showed an increase over a similar study conducted in 1999-2000 which reported only 2 percent of adults.
It doesn’t take long going without sleep to understand just how much the human body needs it. Getting the right amount of sleep for your stage in life, however, can be problematic. That’s why sleep schedules are so important. They help train the body to expect sleep at certain times of the day and to be awake at other times during the day.
You know the type. You may even be one of them. They are the fortunate few who can sleep through anything. Bad weather. An early-morning rooster crowing. Things that go bump. You name it. It’s no problem for them. They seem to “miss out” on all the little things that keep other people up at night. Or, at the very least – the things that wake others up at night.
There is no pillow as soft as a clear conscience. — French proverb
A clear conscience makes a soft pillow. — American proverb
The softest pillow is a clear conscience. — Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
There’s been a debate for centuries about whether or not sleeping with a clear conscience makes for a better night’s sleep. It’s even a recurring theme in Shakespeare’s Macbeth who felt as though when he murdered the King in his sleep that he actually murdered sleep. Although there are plenty of theories on sleeping with a clear conscience, there haven’t been any definitive studies done to lend weight to the ages old theory regarding conscience and sleep.
While some may think bedtime rituals are unnecessary, they are actually quite important. They help you prepare your body for the act of going to sleep. Once they become routine, they provide important cues for your brain that it’s time to enter into your nightly slowdown mode. The problem most people have is deciding what types of activities should be included in their bedtime rituals. Here are a few great ideas.