Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Need your sleep?

You know I'm a huge proponent of sleep - a daily, 1 1/2 to 2 hour nap every day has made me a firm believer - so when I came across a recent magazine article with tips on how to sleep better than ever, I was intrigued. While many of the tips were things I'd heard before, the article, We're Sleeping better than Ever!, explained the reasons behind the tips. See below for two of the explanations that I found interesting ...and feel free to check out the entire article from Prevention magazine here.

Did you know....

The brain misreads artificial light (such as the light given off by a television, computer, or blackberry) as daylight, so it doesn't release melatonin, a sleep-regulating chemical which is normally triggered by darkness. That's why "unplugging" an hour before bed is a good idea - shut off those gadgets early on in the evening and you'll allow your body to adjust for bedtime as it should.

Did you know...

Your body temperature goes down when you get out of a warm shower or bath, which makes you feel sleepy. Why? Because that decrease in temp mimics what occurs deep inside the body at night, when internal temperature drops to its lowest level. So decompressing in a nice warm bath should get you in the mood for a good night's sleep.

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