Sleep is a vital part of life and everyone needs it, but more and more people are not getting enough and it is affecting their health. One of the most important stages of sleep is known as rapid eye movement (REM), at this time, although your muscles are relaxed, your eyes move back and forth very quickly. Your breathing may also become irregular and your pulse may increase slightly. Though you won’t always remember when you wake up, this is when you are dreaming. Although we don’t know for sure why we dream, many experts believe that this is your body’s way of processing the day’s events, storing the important information and getting rid of the junk.
When Counting Sheep doesn’t Work
So what can you do when you are having trouble sleeping? The first thing to do is to try and unwind before you go to bed. You can also:
- Enjoy a hot soak in the tub with relaxing aromatherapy oil.
- Learn some breathing techniques to help your relax.
- Have a warm milky drink before you turn in.
- Avoid napping during the day no matter how tired you are.
- Go to bed at the same time each night to establish a healthy routine.
- Exercise during the day to burn off steam.
- Limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol.
Tech to Help You Sleep
Alarm Clock For Me is an alarm clock app with a difference. As well as waking you gently in the morning without the jarring sound of a harsh alarm, this unique app can also help you go to sleep. You simply preset the timer and the app will play your favorite soothing music while you drift off to sleep. If you prefer, there is also a selection of white noise.
If you love listening to the sound of rain, and find it relaxing, Sleepmaker Rain provides the perfect background noise. Rather then rain effects, these are recordings of real rainstorms taken in forests in Tasmania, Australia. There is a range of different records from a light rain to a tropical storm to choose from.
Sleep Well Hypnosis can reduce your nighttime anxiety and prepare you for a great night’s sleep. Each audio session lasts for 25 minutes and during that time, you will hear a soft-spoken hypnotherapist guide you to slumber. If you use it every night for one to three weeks, you should see permanent results in your sleep pattern. The app also has a sleep booster with binaural beats to trigger brainwave states conducive to optimal sleep.
There are numerous reasons why you may be losing sleep. But whether it’s financial worries, stress at work, or family problems that keep you awake at night, the result is just the same. By implementing these simple adjustments to your lifestyle, you can make a difference between a night of tossing and turning and a peaceful slumber.
Abbie Dixon works at a sleep clinic where she is continually learning about our sleep patterns and how sleep affects us. Her articles talk about sleep; getting more, waking up refreshed and how to drop off in the first place.