How to Turn Your Bedroom into a Sleep Haven:
* Keep the room cool – lowering the temperature helps your body cool down, which can help to trigger sleep onset
* Keep the room dark – light is the most powerful time cue; even low ambient light (such as that of a nightlight or alarm clock) alters the sleep-wake cycle.
* Keep the room quiet – If you cannot keep sound to an absolute minimum, use a fan, air cleaner, or other source of “white noise”.
* Reduce sources of electromagnetic fields (EMFs). EMFs represent one of the most common environmental influences on health today. Scientists have found they can affect brainwaves & change sleep patterns. EMFs are produced by:
o Electric clocks & clock radios
o Televisions & computers
o Cellular & cordless phones
o Ionization–type smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
* Reduce chemical irritants that may cause breathing difficulties that can interfere with sleep:
* Dry-cleaned clothes are high in vapors of the solvents. Air out in separate room for several days before bringing into bedroom. Close the closet door before sleeping.
* Use natural, non-treated cotton or silk sheets. Avoid “permanent press” sheets (treated with chemicals – most notably, formaldehyde).
* Do not allow pets into the bedroom. A study by Dr. Shepard of the Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorders Center (USA) reported that 53% of pet owners permitting the animal in the sleeping room had
disrupted sleep every night. Pet allergies can also contribute to problems breathing during sleep.
Learn more sleep-enhancing tips at:http://www.worldhealth.net/list/news/sleep/
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