Archive for Thursday Sleep Tips

Thurday Sleep Tip: Make Spring Forward a Small Bounce

ClockThe start of Daylight Savings time is just around the corner – on March 11th, to be specific. Regardless of whether you agree with the whole ‘Spring Forward’/'Fall Back’ rigamarole, it is reality for most of us, so the most important question is ‘how do we deal with it?’.

 

In general, shifting our sleep schedule one hour isn’t a huge deal. Most people can make the adjustment pretty easily in just a couple days. Nevertheless, there are ways to make it even simpler for you. And, for those who really do struggle with the change the rest of this week’s ‘Thursday Sleep Tip’ should help you out.

Which Problem is Toughest for You?

Adjusting the clock an hour, whether forward or backward, affects our sleep in two ways. It affects the time you go to sleep. And it affects the time you get up. OK, that was fairly obvious. Still, it’s an important consideration because some people suffer more on one end of the sleep schedule than on the other, and it isn’t the same for everybody.

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Thursday Sleep Tip: Nine Ways to Overcome the Snooze Button

I still remember my first digital alarm clock. It was big, had red numbers on it, played radio music for up to an hour as I fell asleep each night. Oh yes, and it had a snooze button.

 

I was a paperboy at the time. I had to get up early to get the newspaper out before school, and I hated that alarm clock. I would hit that snooze button again and again, like Apollo Creed pounding on Rocky’s face. Some mornings I would go 15 rounds before dragging myself out of bed.

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Thursday Sleep Tip: Beating Jet Lag

AirplaneIf you’ve ever traveled in an east-west direction by plane then you have experienced jet lag, or if you prefer the scientific term, desynchronosis.

 

Many of our body’s systems and processes are governed by circadian rhythms. A circadian rhythm is a natural twenty four hour biological clock that resets certain physiological cycles for good health. Our sleep cycle is one example, and jet lag throws off this rhythm. Air travel causes us to move through time zones faster than we can adjust to the change. It creates a shortened or lengthened day, and also alters the light/dark cues we receive from daylight.

The Effects of Jet Lag

Typical symptoms of jet lag include daytime sleepiness, insomnia, repeated nighttime awakenings, headaches, lack of concentration, impaired judgment, and stomach discomfort, to name a few.

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Thursday Sleep Tip: The Weekend Sleep Schedule

Picture this scenario. It’s the weekend. You’ve been working hard all week, getting up early, getting to bed early the next night so you can start over the next morning. Now you want to live a little. Nothing to get up early for tomorrow, so no reason to go to bed early tonight. And so, you do what millions of people do every week and you celebrate the weekend.

What you’re really celebrating is freedom. Freedom from that annoying alarm clock that seems to be governing your whole day. It forces you to get up when you don’t want to, so you have to go to bed earlier than you want to, so you don’t get to enjoy the evening activities you want to, like the late night TV or a movie (yeah I know, I live wild). Or maybe you do stay up late one night during the week, but the alarm clock makes you pay for it the next day. Man I hate that alarm clock!

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Thursday Sleep Tip: Memorization Can Help You Fall Asleep Quickly

Since I was a child I’ve enjoyed memorizing stories, Scripture, songs, scripts, and movie quotes. It began in grade school when I decided to memorize one of Dr. Seuss’ books, The Lorax. I discovered it was a fun challenge. And, like many other skills, the more I practiced the easier it became to memorize new material.

Memorization is a valuable skill with many different applications. You may be surprised that falling asleep quickly is one of them. I made this discovery a couple years ago by accident.

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