Tips For A Better Nights Sleep – World Sleep Day

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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 Lamps

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.

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After 15+ years as an IT professional. Jonathon decided to return to school in hopes of one day troubleshooting the most universal problem effecting all. Death, pain, and suffering by aging. As an undergraduate he is currently performing research in Dr. Richard Bennetts lab at the University of Southern Indiana, as well as volunteering for various organizations including the Buck Institute for research on Aging.

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