I don’t know about you but I love sleeping. Being curled up in bed, my head resting on pillows and a comfy pair of pajamas on are like heaven at the end of the day. If only the drifting off to sleep came on cue like I wish it would. Sadly though in my house that happens all to frequently. I want to close my eyes and just nod off but then I remember I forgot to email one of the kid’s teachers or I stayed up late on the computer working on a blog post or editing photos or maybe we had movie night and turned it into a double feature on Friday night. All I know is all of that technology effects your sleep. Being plugged in to so much actually has negative affects on out sleep. Here are some sleep tips to keep technology from ruining your sleep.
Melatonin is a sleep-inducing hormone created by the hypothalamus. That’s right, light goes into your retina and puts a hold on your brain releasing the Melatonin your body needs to drift off to sleepy time. So how do you get your brain to release the Melatonin your body needs for rest?
Turn off the TV
TV time seems like a great way to unwind after the kids go to bed . Lounging in bed streaming a few episodes of your favorite show or getting caught on your DVR recordings may seem completely harmless but that light is actually telling your brain to hold off on sleep.
That Email or Text Can Wait
I know it seems like an email or text has to go out that minute and in some professions it might really need to. If it can wait until morning though, let it. Again that sneaky light from your computer or phone is giving off the no sleep ju-ju to your brain. Skip all that and wait until the morning. Your email or text will be better anyways with a nice refreshed brain putting it together.
Deprive Your Senses
Sleep masks and earplugs can go a long way in helping you get better sleep at night. Giving your eyes absolute darkness and limiting what your ears can hear can put your mind into a state of rest and relaxation so much easier and help keep household sounds and light from interrupting a restful night.
Nix Sugar and Caffeine Early
Technology is bad enough but pair it with caffeine and sugar and you could ruin a good night’s sleep but quick. I know it’s hard to make it through the day without a daily dose of caffeine or a mid day sugar boost but be sure to finish them up early in the day and not to indulge to heavily. Limiting the intake of both will help you drift off at night much easier.
While your body produces its own Melatonin there are times when it may be hard for your body to use it. If you work a rotating shift, have been up with a sick child or couldn’t avoid electronics due to work or another activity you may need a little help in the Melatonin department. That’s where Natrol comes in.
Natrol has two great Melatonin products to help you drift off to sleep!
Natrol Melatonin Fast Dissolve tablets, 5mg dosage, can be taken anytime, anywhere with no water needed. They are 100% vegetarian,100% drug-free and non-habit forming, they support an overall better sleep and can help you regulate healthy sleeping patterns.
Natrol Advanced Sleep Melatonin is a drug-free sleep aid that helps you fall asleep and stay asleep with a built-in 2-layered time release that gives you an initial 5mg dosage to help you sleep and then releases the remaining 5mg dosage throughout your sleep to help you stay asleep. You will wake up refreshed in the mornings – no more ‘sleep hangovers’.
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