I Need to Sleep More – So Do You

According to my friend’s many midnight (and later) Twitter posts, I’m not alone in my quest to have an actual restful night’s sleep. In a TED Talk by Arianna Huffington in 2010, she posits that sleep-deprivation is the culprit for many bad decisions by world leaders, and urged us all to create a better world by simply going to sleep. Seems right, I’ve watched the news recently.

Here are a couple of sleep tips from psychcentral.com plus one from me.  

  • Dim the lights and avoid electronic screens. Harvard Medical School’s Sleep Lab teaches us that looking at screens before bed keeps us from falling asleep. Put down the iPad, turn off the TV, and pick up a paperback or a Kindle. Surprisingly, the Kindle light doesn’t trigger alertness.  
  • Get that bedroom cold. Take a hot shower then crawl into that cool bed. Research shows that you’ll fall asleep quicker and sleep longer [1].  
  • Use these homeopathic insomnia drops. I bought this hoping it would be helpful. So far, my wife and I have been very happy with the results. Even better, we wake up in the morning without any kind of hangover.  

[1] Silberman, Stephanie A. The insomnia workbook: A comprehensive guide to getting the sleep you need. New Harbinger Publications, 2009.

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