How Deeper Sleep Leads to Better Health

Posted on November 18, 2012 by Tools For Wellness

Do you wake up feeling groggy and still yawning after you have slept?  An average of 6 to 8 hours is recommended for most adults, but surveys have shown that the majority of adults get 6 hours or less of sleep due to busy lifestyles. If you are getting plenty of hours to sleep and still feeling tired then you may not be getting deep enough sleep for your body to recover and conserve energy.

Performing a few steps to relax you before heading to bed is the first step to an improved night of sleep and better health. Make winding and relaxing an hour before you head to bed a part of your regular nighttime routine.

Watching TV may seem relaxing but the noise and color stimulates your brain and keeps you awake longer when you are ready to head to bed. A better way to relax before bed is listening to music and audio books. Alternatively, read a book using a lamp with a low wattage bulb. Taking warm bath or drinking some milk may also help you settle down before bed.

Once you are ready to sleep, try to make sure your room is as dark as possible. Sleep masks will help reduce the extra light you may see in your room and some sleep therapy masks such as the Glo to Sleep – Sleep Therapy Mask offers a dim relaxing light that slowly fades as you fall into a deep sleep.  If you have issues with noise in your room from traffic, neighbors or even dogs barking, you can mask these sounds with a white noise machine.

Sleep is also affected by a variety of other situations.  A slightly cool room of 65 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit leads to a deeper quality of sleep. Additionally, if you sometimes wake up with a sore neck or aching back, check your mattress and pillows to see if they need to be replaced or upgraded.

Following strategies to improve your sleep will soon increase your energy and lead to better health, however do not expect overnight results. You have to train your body to understand your sleep rhythm before you will see the positive results you are expecting, but then you will feel better than ever.