Increased Sleep

Increased Sleep: Overview

Instructions

Good sleep habits include:

  • Go to bed at the same time each night.
  • Reserve your bed for sleep and sex.  Watch television or read in another room.
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and cigarettes, especially in the afternoon and evening.
  • Don't lie in bed watching the clock.  If you can't fall asleep within half an hour, get up and listen to calming music or read.
  • Exercise 20 to 30 minutes at least three days a week – but not too close to bedtime.
  • Limit naps and don't nap longer than 30 minutes.
  • Take a walk outside during the day.
  • Sleep in a cool, quiet, dark room.  Wear earplugs or eyeshades to block out light and sound.
  • Sleep on good bedding.
  • Limit drinking liquids a few hours before bedtime.
  • Don't go to bed hungry or overstuffed; both may cause physical discomfort.
  • Save scary movies, strenuous exercise and serious family arguments for daytime.
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Increased Sleep:

Increased Sleep can help with the following:

Diet

Carbohydrate Craving

Get enough sleep.  When the body and mind are well-rested, cravings for carbohydrates often vanish.

Habits

Lack of Sleep

By ensuring that you have about 7-8 hours' sleep a night, you will protect your future health and reduce the risk of developing various chronic illnesses.

Hormones

Low Melatonin Level

Regular and adequate sleep is the major controlling factor in maintaining normal melatonin levels.

Mental

Poor Memory

Sleep and rest is a simple remedy for memory loss that is caused by lack of sleep or fatigue due to over-work.

Metabolic

Susceptibility To Hangovers

A few hours of sleep can work miracles.  Don't drive until you have fully recovered.  Just because you've slept after a drinking session doesn't mean you're sober.  Nothing can speed alcohol out of the body so don't kid yourself that a strong coffee will do it (it's more likely just to help replenish a little fluid).

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