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40 Winks, Beauty sleep, and cat naps provide rest, and other lies we tell ourselves


Am I the only one that thinks a full night’s sleep is a myth?  I wish I could say I was getting 8 hours a night consistently, but how many times have I told you to do as I say and not as I do?  Well, okay I will promise to work on this goal too.  Does that work?

The biggest issue against us all getting enough sleep is technology.  We all love to scroll Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and maybe even all three; but doing so right before bed will result in an extra-long time to fall asleep.  See, the content is stimulating and we are engaged in what we are reading.  Our brains continue to process and we have trouble falling asleep.  And then, you add in all the blue light you have been hearing about.  The blue light frequency is in such a range that it stimulates our retinas.  This causes our brains to fire as well and, yep, you guessed it; we are awake.  The solution to the problem is easy.  Put your technology away at least an hour before bed.  It is better if you aim for two hours but that is hard to do in this day and age.  Also, try other things to signal to your brain that it is time to sleep like dimming the lights around the house and eliminating other stimulation, like television.

Now, what if you do everything I am telling you to do, and yet, you still lay there awake?  Don’t stay there for long.  I know it sounds crazy but sleep is a huge habit.  Your body will learn that you don’t fall asleep in bed.  That is the place you go to sit and stare at the ceiling.  So, if you are struggling to fall asleep you want to get up and go somewhere else like the couch or a comfy chair to read. Then, once you begin to feel tired try to go to bed again.

Let’s hope with all those tips, the coming weeks will be filled with dreams and restful sleep.  See you in the morning!!

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