How to get a good night’s sleep?-A A +A
Sunday, October 14, 2012
WAKING up early in the morning out of the bed is hard to do especially if you’re still enjoying your sleep, feeling your soft pillow and warm blanket. Everybody has chores to do each day, but you may not notice it, you start yawning and your eyes slowly close and move on to sleep.
Trying to control your sleep, you set a cup coffee, drink energizers, or take in tablet of vitamin E to keep you going. You still have work to do so you want by all means to fight your sleep. In this situation, your mind has started to go into sleep. How sure are you that you’re still awake? If you yawn, that is a sign that you are not so awake. What if that particular day you didn’t have a good night’s sleep, definitely your energy begins to lessen, whether you like it or not, you will start to experience sessions of drowsiness. You shake your head but you still got attacks of minutes of dozing and feel like falling asleep into the dark night.
What happens when we sleep? From the American Heritage science dictionary, sleep is defined as a natural periodic state of rest of mind and body in which the eyes usually close and consciousness is completely or partially lost, so that there is decrease in bodily movement and responsiveness to external stimuli.
During sleep, the brain in humans and other mammals undergoes a characteristic cycle of brainwave that includes interval dreaming. Some scientists say that dream is nothing more that random recycling of bits and pieces of the previous day’s events.
Why do we need to sleep? Is it to energize and reinvigorate or strengthen the body? Some researchers said that sleep allows the brain to asses and fuse all the streams of information it gathered while awake. One researcher also said that we sleep in order to allow the brain to store on energy and remove out wastes. Another theory on why we sleep explains that sleep activates in some enigmatic way to help you perfect your various skills and works. How many hours of sleep do our body needs? Adolescents need about 81/2 to 91/2 hours of sleep per night. Adults, on the other hand, must at least complete six to seven hours sleep. We need to have a complete sleep, otherwise our work for the day will not be done properly. Some people can’t have a good night’s sleep maybe because of too much stress or fatigue, too much caffeine or they may have sleeping disorders.
Here are some tips on how to get a good night’s sleep by Christine Gorman: Remember we can get through each day without having a complete bed rest.
1. Set your body clock by keeping the same sleep schedule, seven days a week. Don’t try to catch up by sleeping late on weekends.
2. Create a conducive sleep environment, cool, dark and uncluttered, white noise eyeshades or earplugs could help.
3. No caffeine, including cola, chocolate in the evening. Avoid spicy foods. Finish eating at least three hours before bedtime.
4. Hot milk is a fine sleep aid; alcohol is not. Benadryl is good once or twice. Ask your doctor before using Ambien.
5. No computers, TV or arguments half an hour before bed soothing music and mysteries are good but avoid the grislier tales.
6. If you’re still awake after 20 minutes in bed, get up, go to another room and do some quiet activity. Repeat as needed.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 15, 2012.