Sleep tips

17 02 2014
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Sleep – are you getting enough?

We spend at least a third of our lives sleeping.

Some of the greatest minds over the last century have found inspiration from sleep and their dreams, including: Salvador Dalí, Nicolas Tesla, Lewis Carroll, Mary Shelley, etc.

Discoveries and problems solved in dreams, hypnagogia and sleep-related reverie include DNA, Benzene and the sewing machine needle.

We all have to sleep otherwise our health suffers. Some people rely on sleeping pills that doctors give out but quality of sleep can affect the chances of remembering your dreams.

Insomnia is becoming an ever increasing issue in our modern society.

Sleep deprivation can even result in dream-like hallucinations and REM rebound.

In fact your brain is just as active when you are sleeping, compared to when you are awake. This has been shown in sleep laboratories when the subject is wired to an EEG (Electroencephalograph) and various other types of bodily sensors and equipment.

Sure no one exactly fits the sleep hypnogram model every night, but there are a few things an individual can do to try and get a good night’s sleep, including:

 

Avoiding caffeine, tea, fizzy drinks and other stimulants before bed, preferably 2 or 3 hours before. This includes alcohol and nicotine too.

Do not use a computer in your bedroom late at night if possible. Keep your bedroom gadget free if you can so as to help you unwind.

Avoid unnecessary light and noise sources which may hinder your sleep.

Make your sleep environment comfortable and relaxing. Choose the right temperature and make sure your room is well ventilated.

Exercise is good, but remember nothing too strenuous before bed.

Take a warm bath or shower to help you relax. Get your partner to give you a nice sensual and relaxing massage.

Try reading or listening to gentle music.

Do not take a problem to bed. Try to share it or write it down beforehand, otherwise it will just loop round and round in your head when you are trying to sleep.

Concentrate on your breathing. This will help push out unwanted distractions and help your body and mind to shut down.

Make sure you have a regular sleep schedule. Try to avoid late nights and unnecessary extra daytime napping.

If all fails then a sleep professional may help if you think you have a sleep disorder, especially if you have the following symptoms:

 

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