Why are people so desperate for a good night’s sleep?
Or, why aren’t they getting enough of it? Consider common daily habits that have evolved over time:
- Longer work hours
- Longer commute times to get to work
- Less time for doing chores at home — paying bills, doing laundry, helping kids with homework — and opting to get them done during later hours at night
- Shift work (often done by EMTs, police officers, doctors, nurses, factory workers, etc.) disrupts the natural sleep/wake cycle
- Higher usage of electronic devices in bed (using smartphones, tablets, computers and watching television)
That last one is very important to acknowledge because science has shown that the blue light from the LED screens on electronic devices interferes with the body’s ability to produce melatonin, the hormone that helps you sleep, and it can actually accelerate blindness over time.
So, what’s the cure for better sleep?
In today’s marketplace, there are numerous solutions for people who can’t sleep, from sleeping pills to sleeping coaches, mattresses to musical or white-noise machines. Of these, sleep drugs seem to be the most commonly used and the greatest cause for concern because they come with a laundry list of dangerous side effects. They merely act like a band-aid, masking the underlying issue(s) of why you can’t sleep in the first place.
We’re here to provide you with a more holistic approach to getting great sleep at night and boosted energy throughout the day. That means taking more control of the light in your environment so that your body stays in sync with its natural circadian rhythm. Read More >>
5 ways to get better sleep, naturally
- Use blackout curtains in your bedroom
- Swap out fluorescent bulbs for incandescent or halogen bulbs that have less blue spectrum
- Avoid computers, TV, and tablets in the few hours before bed. If you simply can’t unplug, then use TrueDark Twilight glasses to block the junk light that keeps you awake
- Cover the lights in your bedroom. This includes your clock (or at least use a clock with a red digital display) and the little light on your smoke detector.
- To have light in your bedroom before you go to sleep, use a red bulb in a lamp instead of a white bulb.
Enough with the sleeping pills and temporary band-aid fixes for immediate sleep! Let’s get serious about your short and long-term health. Get your mind and body back on track with your circadian rhythm naturally by taking control of the light around you. Doing so will prompt greater focus and attention during the day, as well as faster, deeper sleep at night.