“Two-and-a-half years ago,I fainted from exhaustion.I hit my head on my desk. I broke my cheekbone,I got five stitches on my right eye.And I began the journeyof rediscovering the value of sleep.”
Meet Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post. Learning the value of sleep the hard way, Arianna shares the discovery which led her to a bigger idea: the power of a good night’s sleep.
“I was recently having dinner with a guywho bragged that he had only gottenfour hours sleep the night before.And I felt like saying to him — but I didn’t say it —I felt like saying, “You know what?If you had gotten five,this dinner would have been a lot more interesting.”
“I’m here to tell you that the way to a more productive,more inspired, more joyful lifeis getting enough sleep. And we women are going to lead the wayin this new revolution, this new feminist issue.We are literally going to sleep our way to the top, literally.”
Left, right, front or back- they can all affect your health.
Sleeping on your back can cause breathing difficulties- a no go for anyone with asthma or sleep apnea.
Sleeping on your right worsens digestion problems (you got to break it down) while sleeping on your left improves digestive symptoms.
Ok, so this all seems a bit far-fetched maybe? But WAIT until you hear the facts.
Experts say the left is better for us, here’s why:
Give your heart a break
One of the biggest players on the left side is your heart. Sleeping on your left means the lymph drainage toward the heart will be aided by gravity, which means less work for your heart.
2. The clean, mean fighting machine
The spleen, which is part of the lymphatic system is also on the left. The spleen is much like a giant lymph node, expect apart from lymph, it also filters blood. Helping the lymph and blood to drain with gravity is a good thing.
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Meet Sonia – founder of Eight Hour Studio, the designers of contemporary and luxurious sleepwear.
Her motto in life is WORK PLAY SLEEP – with each day broken up into 8 hours of each.
You’ll be surprised to know the reason behind her passion was a struggle with sleeping issues. That’s when she embarked on a journey to better sleep.
“Many of us have sleeping issues of one kind or another, and it can be extremely frustrating and detrimental to our day-to-day lives. The impact of poor quality or not enough sleep can be devastating, but often we may not even realise the full extent of the impact. This is something that I am very passionate about, because I have been one of those people…”
Another survey down under found only 18% of Aussies choose to sleep naked.
Experts say sleeping naked is better for your health. Here’s why:
PJ’s are a breeding ground for harmful bacteria
Your private parts will thank you! Underwear and PJs keep heat and moisture locked in- which means those bacteria are having a party.
2. Keep your cool
Studies show that cooler temperatures of about 18 (°C) are better for a restful night. Your body temperature rises and falls with your sleep cycle. If the air in your room is too hot, it may interfere with your body’s natural dip and keep you tossing and turning at night.
We challenge you to try it out this week! Let us know in the comments below what worked!
Research shows that your sleep environment contributes to the quality of rest. Your bedroom should be your sleep sanctuary. Use your five senses to create the best sleep environment:
Colour me pretty
Choose wall colours that elicit warmth and calm. Studies show that certain colours and hues affect our mood. Green is the most restful colour for the eye while red triggers excitement. Yellow captures joy and happiness whereas blue is known to bring down blood pressure, slow respiration and heart rate. Pick blankets, paintings and wall colours that are soothing to you.
2. Scent away
Did you know? Lavender has been shown to decrease heart rate and blood pressure – not bad for someone who wants to get a restful night’s sleep. Having lavender scented candles, oils or sachets in your bedroom can make it easier for you to drift off. Stay away from harsh smelling laundry detergents to clean your bedsheets and replace these with scent-free products.
Create a soothing backdrop as you sleep. Having some ambient noise throughout the night can help you sleep through disturbances. White noise works by reducing the difference between background noise and a ‘peak’ sound such as a door slamming. It can be created by anything from a fan or air conditioner to an air purifier.
4.Touched by an angel
If your bedsheets are as rough as sandpaper, you’re probably not sleeping too well. Check your pillow case and mattress for lumps and sags. Evaluate their comfort and keep them clean to avoid dust mites. Try this trick using baking soda to dust off your mattress. It will draw out moisture and you can vacuum it the next day.
5. Eat light, sleep tight.
Research shows that certain foods can promote better sleep. Check out my post on healthy bedtime snacks here.
Comment below and let me know which tips YOU used!