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.
Happy New Year! Yes, it’s that time again where we get to thinking about and setting out our fitness goals for the 12 months ahead. Perhaps you want to get outside more to get fitter, or maybe you need to seriously work on losing that stubborn last 10 pounds.
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.
Nearly 75 percent of Americans wear pajamas to bed, according to a poll conducted by Anna’s Linens, a linen and home decor company. Whether they are pajamas, jammies, PJs, sleeping clothes, whatever your special name for them is, it’s valuable to pair the right pajamas with the right season and/or occasion. Taking size, type, fabric, and style into account, keep these things in mind as you shop for the perfect pajamas for any occasion.
If you sleep in contact lenses that are not specifically indicated to be worn overnight, you probably received an earful from your optometrist warning you against sleeping in them. Sleeping with contact lens may cause all sorts of havoc on the health of your eyes, including eye scrapes, eye infections, and bacteria causing eye conditions. In medical speak, possible eye conditions you could develop by sleeping with contacts include corneal ulcer, conjunctivitis, and keratitis.
Is a snoring spouse, barking dogs, traffic outside, or birds chirping at 4 am playing havoc on your ability to get a good night’s sleep? If so, you’re far from alone. “The research is pretty solid that noise can prevent people from getting a good night’s sleep,” says Ken Hume, a principal lecturer in human physiology at the Manchester Metropolitan University in England. What’s more, noises as quiet as 40 decibels – akin to the sounds between a quiet whisper from six feet and a normal conversation at three feet – can keep us from sleeping, reports the National Sleep Foundation.
You’ve probably seen countless ads for diet pill wonder products promising you can burn calories during sleep and even shed pounds while getting your zzz’s. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if it really was that simple? However, there is a fair amount of evidence to support the idea that it really is possible to do just that – given the right set of circumstances. The key is to set the stage to burn the maximum amount of calories at night.