The XYZZZZ's of a great night's sleep!!!!!!!!
October 27, 2008 9:22am CST
It seems so simple: Get in bed. Place head on pillow. Sleep. If only! But sneaky sabotours make sleep so elusive. Sleep Busters: Ten things that could be preventing you from getting the shut-eye you need. 1. A DISTURBING STORY on the internet of a problem that lands in your inbox can set your mind running. Plus, lights stimulate your brain. Shut down your computer to get some shut-eye. 2. SHARING BED with a partner makes women sleep less soundly, according to a recent study. If your guy snores, convince him to see a sleep specialist - most snoring can be treated. 3. IF A STUFFY NOSE is keeping you at night, you may have a dust mite allergy caused by your pillow. Monthly pillow washing (just in cases) will keep dust mite allergens to a minimum. 4. KNOWING HOW LATE IT IS won't help you sleep - aucontraire. Worrying that you're not getting enough sleep only gets you adrenaline pumping. Turn you clock around so its not facing you. 5. MAJOR MUNCHING BEFORE BED keeps your body busy digesting and less interesting in setting down. Try a small snack instead: a bowl of cereal with skim milk. 6. DRINKING WINE may help you fall asleep, but indulging in too much alcohol before bedtime will also likely lead to a bad night's sleep and/ or an early morning awakening. 7. PEOPLE EXPOSED TO CELL PHONE RADIATION before bedtime took longer to reach deep sleep and spent less time in deep sleep overall, according to a new study. 8. MATTRESSES WEAR OUT - usually in about ten years and stop providing your body the support it needs. The result: Deep sleep may decrease by up to 20 percent. 9. HAVE A TV IN YOUR BEDROOM? Not a good idea. TV's intense light stimulates your brain. Turn off the tube an hour before bed and pick up a book instead. 10. A BEDROOM THAT'S TOO WARM makes it hard for your body temperature to drop, an important element to getting good sleep. Keep the thermostat at about 68 F.