Friday, May 28, 2010


Sleep is a natural human instinct.

Research studies have shown that all living things sleep. A Swiss research study indicated that gold fish, having been deprived of sleep for an extended period of time, would stay still for a protracted period of time to make up for sleep deprivation; and that also applied to cockroaches. In other words, sleep deprivation would only lead to an increased need for sleep later, and all animals need sleep and instinctively know how to sleep.

Unfortunately, many people have problems with sleeping: they have sleep disorder or insomnia. They not only have difficulty in getting natural sleep but also have to rely on sleep medications to help them sleep. Indeed, insomnia is a growing health problem in modern society.

We all want to sleep, but not all of us can sleep, or know how to sleep.

Knowing how to sleep may help you sleep better.

Surprisingly, many people do not know how to sleep, even though they very much want to sleep. Knowing how to sleep is a science, and getting natural sleep is an art.

To know how to sleep, you require a sleep environment that not only promotes natural sleep without sleep medications, but also makes you sleep better.

Temperature affects your sleep, because your body temperature plays a pivotal part in the sleep process. Your body temperature changes according to your biological clock, which makes you want to go to sleep. Your body temperature rises in early evening, and gradually cools down throughout the night until around 4 o'clock in the morning. Accordingly, the temperature of the bedroom and that of your bed must be optimum to induce natural sleep: that is, a temperature in the range of 62 degrees Fahrenheit (16 degrees Celsius) and 71 degrees Fahrenheit (24 degrees Celsius); anything above or below that range may cause restlessness that prevents good sleep.

To know how to sleep, you may need to adjust the humidity of your sleep environment. A too-dry sleep environment may cause bronchial passages, leading to constant coughing, which interrupts sleep. To prevent dryness, place a bowl of water to humidify the bedroom environment, especially in winter with the heat on.

On the other hand, a too-humid bedroom causes dampness, which may raise your stress hormone levels. To remedy this, you may want to have your bed linen made from natural fabrics to help absorb any perspiration as well as to allow your skin to breathe more freely.

The quality of sounds affects the quality of your sleep. Nerve impulses from surrounding sounds, picked up by your brain, may cause some emotional connection that they could wake you up in the middle of the night.

Harsh background noise, such as the sound and vibration of heavy traffic, may disturb and interfere with your sleep, while gentle sounds of water may make you fall asleep fast.

Knowing how to sleep means also paying attention to the intensity and color of light in your sleep environment. If you are accustomed to or have acquired the habit of sleeping in a dark environment, then the intensity of light is critical to good sleep. Colors are also important to natural sleep. For example, blue and green colors are generally more relaxing, and thus more sleep promoting than red and yellow colors. Therefore, the use of drapes or shades, and bedroom decor can help you sleep better.

It is important that you know how to sleep so that you may fall asleep faster and sleep better.

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