When the day is done, go to sleep.

Jul 31, 2014
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There’s something very important in my life that I’ve implemented in the past year. It sounds like a very simple idea, but it isn’t always easy in practice. I’ve started following a new rule at the end of the day: when the day is done, go to sleep.

Long ago, before we had electricity to keep our homes lit and things like computers, TVs and phones to keep us entertained for hours, when the sun went down, people went to sleep. Nowadays, we have many light-filled distractions that prevent us from catching some quality Zs.

Last year I was having a really hard time falling asleep and staying asleep. I learned about a very important concept called Sleep Hygiene. Sleep Hygiene is defined as, “habits and practices that are conducive to sleeping well on a regular basis.” These include dimming the lights in the evening, not using your phone, computer or TV before bed, and reserving the bed for sleep only (no reading, eating, studying or watching TV, etc. in bed). Other things include covering up light-emiting items like clocks and small lights on appliances, blacking out windows to reduce ambient light from out of doors and using a sound machine or other white-noise type of appliance. I implemented many of these practices in my life and I find myself sleeping SO much better and feeling more refreshed in the morning. One habit that became very important for me though, was going to sleep when the day was over. 

That sounds like a very ambiguous statement. Let me expand on what I mean. I found myself at times filling the hours from 8:00 – 11:00 PM with TV, books and computer nonsense instead of just going to sleep. I told myself that if I’m at home, all my work is done, I’ve had supper etc. it is time to go to bed! So sometimes I’m in bed at 8:30 because the day is over and I don’t need to waste precious shut-eye time with a TV show I’m not really that interested in.

Have you heard about sleep hygiene? What helps you get the best night’s sleep? I look forward to hearing from you!

 

NCHPAD articles:

http://www.nchpad.org/1240/5908/Sleep~Duration~Among~People~with~Disabilities

http://www.nchpad.org/14/73/Exercise~Guidelines~for~People~with~Disabilities

http://www.nchpad.org/362/2052/A~Primer~on~Stress~Management

 

Author: Susan Silverman



  • bobl07

    I am as active as I can be everyday. I go until I know my body tells me to slow down and I do. I do not let it get to the point of illness, but I come close. In regards to sleeping, I always try to turn off TV before sleeping. Sometimes on weekends, I may fail, but most of the week it’s lights out at 11pm. Thanks for the tips.