Often, it is not just the quantity of sleep that we get as it is the quality. When the quality is lacking, we wake up feeling poorly rested as if we slept little or not at all. Interestingly enough, most people do not do the few simple things it takes in order to sleep well (and thereby improve the quality of their sleep). According to an array of data available, in order to have a good, quality night of sleep, it is important that we keep our sleep area neat, organized and free of distractions. Here are the three most common distractions that most people bring to the bedroom with them:
Watching television in the hour before falling asleep or, worse, falling asleep with the television on very often leaves you feeling less rested, even if you use a sleep timer. The obvious distraction here is will have to wake up to turn the television off. However, there is more to it than that. Like a child who should fall asleep in the same place where they wake up, young and old adults should also be the ones to leave their bedroom in its “sleeping” state. In the process, they are turning off the lights, not only to their room, but to their day. Instead of television, try reading an old-fashion book. The difference in how well you feel the next morning will need less than a week.
More than half of the people who have smartphones will bring them to bed with them. While some will use them for their alarm clock feature, the vast majority will still text and send e-mails using their smartphone within the hour of falling asleep. As with the television, this type of activity does not provide the mind with the quantity and quality of time of it needs to let you feel refreshed in the morning; don’t take my word for it; a staggering 67% of bedtime texters admit that they feel un-refreshed according to last year’s National Sleep Foundation survey.
Understandably, some people will indeed “draw the line” at bringing their phone to bed. But regardless of age group, the majority of people will actually bring their computer to bed with them at least once per week. As with the active involvement of using a smartphone to text your BFF goodnight, using a laptop, even in a passive manner, leaves most people feeling drowsy the next day.
How To Improving Sleep
There are many reasons people will use these distractions so soon before falling asleep. The first is to unplug their brain from the day, yet at the same time they are plugging in to other issues. To truly unplug, it is recommended that you engage in a relaxing activity. In addition to reading, simple meditation works well. You can also amplify your results by opting for complete silence.