Sleep Robbers And How To Stop Them

Do you think that you are getting enough sleep?

Maybe not. Studies confirmed that most adults have been depriving themselves of​ the amounts of​ sleep needed.

You now may think that: “Half an​ hour short of​ sleep won’t hurt me.” it​ does - especially if​ this becomes habitual.

Each half or​ even only a​ quarter of​ an​ hour lack of​ sleep each night accumulates in​ time.

You may think that the lack of​ sleep the night before is​ compensated the next night you get enough sleep - but: it​ doesn’t.

What you owe the night before remains in​ the IOU list which piles up each time you lack sleep.

Just how much sleep is​ enough? Although it​ varies depending on the person, it​ is​ ideal to​ consider between seven to​ eight hours of​ sleep as​ enough for the normal person. Younger people need more sleep than older ones.

Sleep is​ vital to​ overall health and individual functionality, which is​ why you have to​ win back your sleeping time if​ you lack it. Here are possible sleep robbers (or habits) that you can kick out to​ regain your sleeping time.

The habit of​ sleeping late usually starts in​ a​ subtle way. You hardly notice you’re doing it​ at​ first, until it​ becomes a​ habit. Identify the cause. if​ you can’t pinpoint the exact reasons why you sleep late at​ night, then chances are, they are small things or​ chores that are scattered. Those little time-consuming things you spend on could be trimmed and if​ you review them, the minutes (when accumulated) can turn to​ an​ hour or​ two which you could devote instead to​ sleeping.

You may not be able to​ correct this abruptly; actually it​ would be better to​ adjust gradually. Once you are able to​ find the time to​ retire earlier than usual, it​ may be difficult to​ fall asleep at​ once because of​ the change in​ pattern. Don’t worry, this is​ normal and only in​ the first few nights. Once you have adjusted to​ your new habit, you will eventually find it​ easier to​ fall asleep early.

Stop your dependency on sleeping aids like alcohol or​ sleep inducing pills. These aids may knock you out of​ your senses faster but they can cause frequent wakeful periods thus interrupting your sleep pattern.

If a​ concern keeps bothering you from getting asleep, try this method. Get a​ pen (a marker would be better) and a​ piece of​ paper (big enough to​ fill in​ you concern) and write your concerns on it. Lay it​ on your side table or​ tape it​ on the wall. You don’t go to​ sleep with your robe on, so it’s like taking your robe off before retiring. in​ the morning, discard the paper. Sounds trivial but for some, it​ works.

A phone (landline or​ mobile) on the bedside can be very handy particularly in​ an​ emergency. But it​ can also be downright annoying, especially when it​ is​ set to​ ring aloud. Take that phone away from your ear. if​ you need to​ keep it, set it​ on silent mode. Depending on your line of​ business or​ profession, that phone may or​ may be not be that important for night calls. Should its presence fall short of​ its importance, you’re better off without it​ during the night. That once in​ a​ lifetime call which you classify as​ an​ emergency may not be worth all the nights you are awakened by a​ wrong number or​ a​ nuisance call. The possibility that someone might call in​ the middle of​ the night when you’re asleep results to​ an​ agitated feeling that alters your sleep pattern, keeping you half asleep subconsciously.

Your brain monitors and maintains a​ record of​ all the hours you owe it​ in​ terms of​ shortage in​ sleep. One way or​ the other, you’ll have to​ pay for it. You should be thankful it​ doesn’t charge interest or​ penalties for late payments. Try your best to​ pull yourself out of​ sleep deficits.

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