Sleeping is an important activity that helps maintain the wellness of our bodies and minds. In order for us to function at our best, studies tell us to get 8 hours of sleep every night.
Have you given a thought if you are getting the right amount of shut-eye? The demands of this fast-paced world have us always on the move. We work nonstop during the day, but even as we go home deadbeat tired, ready to rest, we find ourselves wide awake and distracted.
We try our best to relax, find the best sleeping position and close our eyes but to no avail, we find ourselves tossing and turning and growing more frustrated by the second.
The easiest and fastest way to get ourselves to dreamland is to take a natural sleep supplement. But there are other ways for us to get that much-needed rest?
The infographic that I am about to show you contains unexpected natural ways that will stop sleeping from becoming a chore. Some of these options are inexpensive - and some you may just find lying around your home!
People in seventy different countries will be “falling back” once again this weekend, setting their clocks behind an hour.
I know what you’re thinking: Saturday night you get to sleep in a bit longer than you otherwise might have. However, a number of recent studies have shown that we do not gain from this, but that the negative effects can linger for a week or longer!
Keeping the Rhythm
Human beings, like all other mammals, have a sleep cycle that is intimately tied to the 24-hour day. Our bodies gravitate toward sleep when the sun goes down and wake during the sunrise. This cycle is known as the circadian rhythm.
While we obviously don’t adhere to only being awake during the daytime and only sleeping at night time, our unconscious brain is attuned to this daily cycle.
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What is Daylight Savings Time Doing to Us?
Daylight Savings Time (DST) introduces an artificial interruption into our daily circadian rhythm. The effect that this has on our bodies has only recently been understood.
This time-shift change is similar to jet lag, and can lead to grogginess, problems maintaining attention and alertness, and even some more serious effects. This can disrupt your ability to get deep, REM sleep as well.
How Can You Combat Daylight Savings?
Other than writing a strongly worded letter to your congressperson, there’s nothing you can do to change DST. There are ways to mitigate its effects on your sleep for the following week.
First, it’s important to understand what melatonin is, and what its relationship is with the circadian sleep-wake cycle.
Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the Pineal gland deep inside our brains. In normal circumstances, melatonin is secreted into our bloodstreams as the night approaches - usually around two hours before your bedtime - and peaks around 3-4 a.m. in a standard sleep cycle.
The function of melatonin appears to be diverse, acting as the “darkness” hormone, and in a sense ‘triggering’ or ‘synchronizing’ the necessary functions in the brain that tell the body to sleep.
The disruption caused by the DST on our normal circadian rhythm, especially during our ‘fall-back’ transition, means we have trouble falling asleep, and once asleep, often can’t stay asleep, or sleep soundly.