Those Darn Sleep Thieves!
January 27, 2013
It can be unrelenting at times, and it’s downright annoying, irksome, and horrible every time it strikes. You might first think that the safest escapist mental state you can be at is in the land of sleep (or what I preferably call “slumberland.”) However, the problem is: that’s exactly where it strikes. That’s its hobby – stealing the sleep that you rightfully need and deserve. I’m talking about the so-called “sleep thieves.”
Every person needs a good night’s rest. Here in Uratex, we abide by that belief by providing you with the latest and most comfortable state-of-the-art foam mattresses. But we admit that sometimes, the best state-of-the-art foam mattresses have their limit. It is definitely a strong fortress against most of those sleep thieves, but there are some sleep thieves that you have to overcome and beat yourself. But don’t worry, it’s not that difficult. This article is here to help you. Knowing your enemy will bring you one giant step closer to beating it. Now, what are those sleep thieves that keep you awake, and how can you overcome them?
Sounds, Sights, and Sensation
They’re the most obvious initial causes of sleep deprivation – the noise, the lights, and the too cold or too hot feelings. Maybe it’s the neighbor’s pet, television, or someone sharing your space that’s producing all that noise. Maybe it’s the view outside your window at night – the city skyline or the light from the cars that pass through the never-empty road. Maybe it’s the air conditioning or the lack of it that keeps you chilled or suffering in heat. These external things can be considered as sleep thieves since they add tons of discomfort to your supposedly comfortable sleep. So shut the curtains, put on earplugs, set the air conditioning to the right level or layer yourself with blankets. Since your goal is the sleep that you need and deserve, it’s well worth the effort of pursuing it.
Caffeine, Carbohydrates, and Sugars
Obvious but not easily realized, beverages like coffee, energy drinks, soft drinks containing caffeine, and foods that are rich in carbohydrates and sugars provide energy that’s designed to keep people alert and active during the daytime. Daytime. That one should avoid drinking such beverages late at night is a no-brainer. However, not many people realize that starch-based food like potatoes, rice, noodles, pasta, and corn also provide energy that makes a person go. It’s logical that you’d want anything but to “go” when sleeping right? So reward yourself with a good night’s rest by not consuming these before you head to bed.
Mental Stress, Anxiety, and Worrying
Give yourself a break. You know that worrying over what you did or what you have to do in the future won’t change a thing. What matters is the present at hand – the night in which you are in. That’s why you need to isolate yourself from them. Thus it goes, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Don’t create your own sleep thief.
Oversleeping and Sleep Deprivation
You might think that since sleep is good, more sleep is better. Nope. Oversleeping causes headaches when you wake up, and even sleep paralysis, studies show. At the opposite side of the scale, depriving yourself of sleep as a result of overwork is also horrid. What’s the point of spending too much of your time for a livelihood if you aren’t able to sleep to keep a healthy life to be the reason for your livelihood? Your health is in your hands. Don’t let this steal sleep from you.
Hopefully these tips are easy and simple enough for you to apply. You can’t just go on saying that you can’t overcome such sleep thieves, because they’re not that impossible to beat anyway. So go and enjoy the sleep that’s rightfully yours!