Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Dream Theory

I recently received and email from Leesa that made me ask myself,
When was the last time you had an excellent night sleep?
With so many distractions in life it can be difficult to establish a healthy sleeping pattern.
There are a few everyday habits that can sabotage a good nights rest.
 I found myself guilty of these crimes against sleep...


My bitter love, your intoxicating aroma wins me over again and again.

Best to skip the jolt if you are looking for dream time.
Surprisingly this little pick me up may be doing more harm than good for your sleep life
 Did you know it can take up to 12 hours for caffeine to be eliminated from your system?
There are studies to support the idea that caffeine causes physical dependence, headaches
 and can be to blame for insomnia in many people. 


The bedroom is not an office. 
The bedroom should be a relaxing environment.
 Don't ruin your dream time with visions of deadlines and outside stress.

 It might be tempting to send one last email, watch a movie, or play a video game before falling asleep
 however it is not the way to find a restful night. Using electronics before bed is said to negatively 
affect your sleep. It is best to remove the computer, television, tablet, and smartphone 
from the bedroom if you really want some quality rest.

That nightcap might be to blame for keeping you awake.

Another guilty pleasure that keeps us out of dreamland is alcohol.
While it may seem like something to make you sleepy, this little bad boy might end up 
fighting with your circadian rhythm. The internal clock that runs in the background 
of your brain and cycles between sleepiness and alertness at regular intervals. 
Avoid the alcohol temptation if rest is on the agenda.

Have you become dependent on a nap to get through the day?

That nap time that seems so luxurious and inviting maybe robbing  you of a decent 
night sleep. Sleeping more that 20 minutes can disrupt your natural sleeping rhythm. 
Keep the cat naps short and sweet to limit negative interaction with your
 own circadian rhythm.

To sleep better at night, try practicing the following:
      • Maintain a regular sleep time schedule
      • Establish a relaxing bedtime routine such as taking a bath or reading a book
      • Create a sleep environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool
      • Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillow
      • Finish eating at least 2-3 hours before your regular bedtime
      • Exercise regularly
I hope these tips help you to find Sweet Dreams.