Fast forward 30 years or so and the magic of sleep seems lost.
Let me shine a ray of hope on this dismal picture. Sleep still works, the magic has not been lost. So what did change?
Here are some simple ways to make sure you are sleeping for success.
1. Good pre-sleep habits. Eating a gallon of ice cream and finishing up the last 3 episodes of that Netflix season will negatively impact your sleep, and here is why. Eating too late means that instead of your body getting to focus on healing, it now has to digest what you just ate. The blue light from screens like the T.V., computer or phone keep the body from hitting a regular sleep rhythm. Our nervous system is designed to use the slow fainting light of the sunset as it turns to night to signal the body to sleep. But all that unnatural light is keeping the body off that rhythm ( now ask yourselves why New York is the city that never sleeps).
2. Good sleep posture. And here you thought you only had to watch your posture at formal dinner parties. We have a wonderful pamphlet at the office that goes into the details of good sleep posture but ill give you a few tips here. Sleep on the back or side never the stomach. Arms below the head. On a pillow and mattress that are supportive ( just because its less than 8 years old doesn't mean it can't be a problem).
3. Sleep enough. It may sound simple, but we all know life gets in the way. That wonderful 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep becomes all too rare as we get older for any number of reasons. Eliminate the ones that you have control over so that they are not adding to the list of reasons you can't control.
If you have any questions or would like further details on how to improve your sleep come in and ask one of the Doctors.