I bet every single one of us gets about an hour to two hours less sleep than we really need. A simple step we could all take is to shut off the TV and/or computer by no later than 8:30 and be in bed with the lights out by 9:30. Really!
If I was in bed by 9:30 I MIGHT fall asleep by 1:00, but probably not. My body is naturally nocturnal so it's best working hours (when I get the most done and do it the best) are from 1:00 - 3:00am. I fought this for years trying to get a more "normal" sleep schedule. Then I realized it made more sense to get a flexible job where I could do my work at that hour and sleep later in the day. While the TV and the Computer are certainly health risks in today's world I do not believe that they are the main 'cause of people not getting enough sleep.
I've read that the light from the screens of tv & computers disrupts the circadian rhythm. But also, the elevated stress hormones from watching violent or exciting programs on TV can also screw up your sleep rhythms. Computers and televisions just aren't restful things.
Indeed...relaxation, rest and sleep are very important. I go by these simple rules:
- I sleep as much as I need to feel rested; I try not oversleep.
- I exercise...hmmm...at least 20- 30 minutes daily
- I create a relaxing and restful environment (comfortable and quiet). The bedroom is for rest, sleep and intimate moments.
- I do not take any beverages with caffeine later than in the afternoon and neither go to sleep hungry!
- I try not go to bed with worries; and try to resolve them before going to bed.
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