Give me a cozy bed and a fluffy pillow and I’m a happy sleeper. Oh, and don’t forget my mask and my white noise machine, too - please and thank you!
Of course, mess with my sleep and I am one cranky camper. Grrrrr!!!!!
Sleep is big news this weekend as we change up the clocks and do the ole ‘spring ahead’ ritual. It means the loss of an hour. It will mean nothing to my cat since napping is her full time gig (well, napping and the occasional sunbathing session). For the rest of us, it means every precious moment left matters ever more.
Why will you lose if you don’t snooze? Why will life be oh so tough if you just don’t get enough?
The benefits of snuggling up under the covers for a little R&R include, but aren’t limited to:
A healthier heart
Lower levels of stress
A refreshed, more alert feeling (no caffeine required!)
It may thwart weight gain and help you lose weight
Less chance of depression
Increased immune function
Sleep is indeed important, and it most certainly does a body very, very good. There are oodles of tips to help you fall asleep faster - and to help you stay that way once you’re in drool on the pillow mode (not that I drool, mind you).
I’ve got a few that I favor. They help me slumber like a true babe. And as I detest alarm clocks (you won’t find one in my sleep sanctuary!), getting in a good slumber session means I am able to rise and shine without foul noises offending my sensitive ears.
So what works for me?
White Noise – I’ve got a handy, dandy little contraption by my bedside that does nothing but drown out every small noise that might possibly interrupt my sleep. And even if it’s quiet, the white noise still just soothes me.
Sleep Mask – Bright light shining in my eyes is the surefire way to annoy me when I am attempting to sleep. A mask is the ideal solution. But not one of those flat, flimsy ones! No! Mine is super thick and has an inner eye chamber that makes it super comfy and very effective at blocking light. I feel like I am in my own cozy, little cocoon when I slip mine on!
A Ritual – mine involves a psychiatrist. His name is Frasier. And his dad has an insanely cute doggie! Anyways, some say not to watch TV before sleeping, but I am comforted by the sights and sounds of this fabulously funny show. It’s my nightly thing.
Eggs & Fruit – I have a snack.Nothing heavy, mind you. And I don’t eat right before dozing off but rather a little while before I turn out the lights. The protein in my hardboiled egg offers L-tryptophan (an essential amino acid) which, the experts suggest, helps produce melatonin (a hormone that helps regulate sleep and wake cycles) and serotonin (a brain neurotransmitter that promotes sleep). And the fruit? Well, the experts give that a thumbs up too since it helps the tryptophan cross the blood-brain barrier.
No Fluids – nothing displeases me more than having to leave my comfy bed in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. I halt the fluids several hours before I hit the sheets to prevent this annoyance.
Where all the sleeping happens!
Sleep soundly, sleep tight – and let’s hope that you don’t have to worry about bed bugs biting your toes!