Have you ever wondered what happens while you sleep? Whether you’re getting a full night of quality sleep or a decent dose of rest every night? The popular trend of self-monitoring is now dominating the world of sleep. Just like tracking vital signs in sports, today’s technology include many sleep apps and devices that will help you discover everything you need to know about those mysterious sleep hours – without you even having to get out of bed!
It’s finally the end of the day. You come home and shower, have a light meal and catch up with your partner. You go to bed looking forward to a good night’s sleep, but surprisingly you spend your time in bed with your eyes wide open. A buzz of thoughts, to-do lists and future tasks run through your mind, and you wonder – where is the mute button when you need it most? Morning comes, and you start your day tired, unrefreshed and hopeless.
While there are several ways to help you sleep better, one seems to be very useful to many: meditation.
Sleeping with a CPAP device can be challenging. Most people struggle to adapt to their machine and experience difficulties sleeping with their mask on throughout the night. Due to continuous air flow which might feel unnatural at first, they usually have trouble entering a relaxing state of mind that encourages sleep. Add that general discomfort, possible noise and other things that may disrupt sleep, and you have a complete recipe for restless nights, or unrefreshing sleep.
We all know by now that what and when we drink have a direct effect on our sleep. Drinking more than 400 mg of caffeine a day, or enjoying a cup of coffee a couple of hours before bedtime, can interfere with our sleep, as well as having an alcoholic drink prior to sleep. But what about food? The connection between sleep and what we eat might not be so obvious. If you’re having trouble sleeping, you should know that paying attention to what we eat is just as important as controlling our caffeine or alcohol consumption, and knowing how different foods affect our body can help keep us alert during the day, and better prepare our body for a good night’s sleep.
If you treat your sleep with the precision of a Swiss watch, but still feel exhausted in the morning, or if you sleep like a log and still wake up for no reason before your alarm goes off, there’s a good chance you have a sleep disorder. Unlike some other health conditions, ongoing sleep difficulties require thorough research and analysis to figure out the source of the problem. What to do? Let’s be honest, you probably don’t have any energy for research, especially while being sleep deprived. Luckily, there’s a simple solution that can significantly help improve your sleep, and the best news is – you can also use it from your smartphone! If you’re constantly unable to sleep, you should know that keeping a sleep diary is an excellent (and some would say surprising) way to document your sleep patterns and habits towards improving your sleep.