Our lifestyles have a huge impact on the overall quality of our lives. And if you’ve ever adjusted or modified your lifestyle in a positive manner, then you know exactly how beneficial changes of this nature can be.
For a Better Night’s Sleep
One way that our lifestyles impact our overall health regards the effect on the quality of sleep that we’re able to get each night. And if you’re not sleeping properly, you could be causing yourself undue stress and a host of other problems in your waking life.
Additionally, there are many among us who suffer from extreme sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea. And these conditions can drastically affect our lives as well.
But our lifestyles can be modified in order to produce a better night’s sleep in most cases. And believe it or not, even the smallest change can produce the biggest results.
If you’re suffering from a lack of sleep, the following will offer some lifestyle choices that you may want to adopt.
Coping with Sleep Disorders
If you have a serious sleep disorder such as sleep apnea, chances are you’re using a CPAP machine to help with proper breathing at night. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t incorporate a few different lifestyle choices in order to gain better sleep.
Further, sleep apnea patients using specific CPAP devices are also at risk for other health concerns. In fact, respiratory problems and cancer caused by CPAP devices have been known to occur. And this should give you all the more reason to seek alternative solutions.
A few natural ways to cope with sleep disorders are as follows:
- Adjust your sleeping position (avoid sleeping on your back)
- Eat a balanced diet
- Get plenty of exercises
- Yoga (or any other breathing exercise)
- Holistic therapy
- Be more active during the day
You should note that if you do have a serious case of sleep apnea, you should always consult your doctor prior to attempting any new care routines. And always consult a physician to ensure that you’re healthy enough for regular exercise.
Change Your Bedroom Environment
Our bedrooms need to be conducive for sleep. But unfortunately, many of our private spaces simply don’t have what it takes to promote healthy sleeping habits. And this can range from the colors on your walls to the type of mattress you own.
First, if you have a TV in your room, you’ll want to remove it. This only helps to promote staying up late watching TV, a subject we’ll explore further in the next section.
When it comes to decor, you also want to create an environment that is peaceful and mellow, one that will help lull you to sleep instead of keeping your mind bouncing off the walls, literally. And colors play a huge role in this aspect as well.
As such, choose soft, muted colors for your bedroom walls. Colors such as soft blues, slate, pastel colors, earth tones, or any color that relaxes the eye are best for a bedroom. And in addition to your color scheme, you should also switch to soft lighting if you haven’t already incorporated it as this will allow for a much more relaxing environment.
Perhaps the biggest culprit that can sabotage our sleep, and many of us are 100 percent guilty of it, is late-night device usage. In fact, even limiting your device usage during the day can work wonders for your sleep schedule.
Studies have shown that the blue light emitted by smartphones, laptops, and tablets can affect our melatonin production. And this is the hormone that regulates sleep cycles.
Basically, whenever it gets dark, our bodies start producing melatonin. And if our eyes are constantly glaring at a screen, or if we stay in a brightly lit room, our melatonin production will diminish. Correspondingly, we’ll suffer throughout the night without adequate melatonin levels to support healthy sleep patterns.
Additionally, staring at your device at night keeps your brain in a state of alert. And even though browsing social media might be your nightly routine, this can also be costing you a good night’s sleep as well.
When our lives get out of sync, it’s often our lifestyles that are to blame. But with a few tweaks here and there, you can begin living more fully and getting adequate rest each night with relatively little alteration to your daily life.
After all, positive choices lead to positive experiences. And if you stick to the advice listed here, you’ll be well on your way to sleeping better at night.
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