THE CASE FOR SOUNDER SLEEP

Something we are increasingly obsessed with, is the quality of our sleep and, naturally, how it affects us.

A year ago The New York Times discussed how sleep is becoming the new status symbol, because if you don’t sleep right you don’t function right. The wealth of new tech to help us sleep better, along with other sleep inducing concepts surfacing, is the beginning of a revolution for better sleep. But how hard can it really be to just lay down and shut your eyes? Well, for a lucky few it comes naturally. The ugly truth, however, is that our modern lifestyles constantly break up our sleep patterns, hence making it harder for the body to follow a rhythm.

The Problem.

We bring our devices to the bedroom. There might be a TV hanging in there too with Netflix streaming. We are stressed out and as a result have a hard time calming down. As a way out we take pills to calm down. Our bedtime varies wildly. We snooze in the morning. Drink caffeine in the evening. We spend too much time in front of screens too close to bedtime… and the list goes on. Bottom line: we are often faced with too many internal and external distractions in order for us to focus on getting the rest we need.

As a consequence, we are experiencing a huge drop in performance because the ROI on a good night’s sleep is ignored. The way we live our lives today has made it really hard to get back to the basics of getting some proper shuteye.

Experts might give a lot more scientific advice on how to hack your sleep, but these are our simple tricks – and they work:

  • Stick to the same sleep schedule every day
  • Keep your bedroom cool, dark, quiet and tech free
  • Limit screen time in the evening and make sure to turn your devices on night mode to limit exposure of blue light (the stuff that makes your brain supress melatonin, the sleep hormone)
  • Avoid caffeine after 16.00.

 

If you want to read more by people who know a lot more about it, check out the NYT post here and Huffpost’s archive on sleep + wellness here

 

 

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