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Sleep Easy

Fortunately, when it comes to sleep, quality is more important than quantity. Doctors have said that there is no "right" amount of sleep. Some people need 10 hours of beauty sleep, while others need just four.

Here Are Some Sleep-Related Tips

Create An Ideal Environment For Sleeping

  • Since colors can stimulate and soothe the mind, try decorating your bedroom in colors that are pleasing to the eye, like blue, green or purple.
  • Clean air is important. Do air your bedroom regularly and invest in a good quality air purifier.
  • Choose a mattress that is neither too hard nor too soft. When shopping for one, dress comfortably and try out a few potential mattresses for at least 15 minutes each before making final decision. If the sales people start looking at you funnily, they're not serious about selling you're a mattress that's right for you.

Pre-sleep Rituals

  • Take a relaxing bath or shower to hours prior to your bedtime to release the tension in your muscles.
  • Aromatherapy works to soothe the senses - lavender, marjoram, chamomile, nutmeg and hops scents can help to induce a restful slumber.
  • Try to go to bed at the same time every night to establish a regular rhythm.

Relax Your Mind

  • Try to avoid emotionally stressful situations before your bedtime.
  • Do not count sleep - Researchers at Oxford University have concluded that the sheep-counting method (believed to be around since the mid-1800s) is too dull to clear the modern-day mind of its frustrations.
  • If you wake up in the middle of the night and can't fall asleep, go to another room and relax by reading a book until you feel sleepy again. Being in the same room tends to increase the tension of not being able to fall asleep and reduces your chances of drifting off peacefully.
  • Whatever you do, don't watch the clock!

Six Good Reasons To Get A Good Night's Sleep

Cutting back on sleep may cause health problems, and the Harvard Women's Health Watch offers six good reasons to make sure you get through:

To Remember

Sleep helps learning and memory - your brain commits new information to memory while you sleep.

To Stay Slim

Chronic sleep deprivation can cause weight gain by affecting the way your body processes and stores carbohydrates, and by altering levels of appetite-control hormones.

To Stay Safe

Risk of falls, traffic accidents and work errors increase when you feel sleepy during the day because of a lack of sleep.

To Stay Happy

Sleep deprivation can result in irritability, impatience, concentration difficulty, moodiness and makes you too tired to do activities you enjoy.

To Stay Heart-healthy

Serious sleep disorders are linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels and an irregular heartbeat.

To Stay Strong

A lack of sleep weakens your immune system.

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