Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Importance Of Sleeping In The Dark

One of the most important things you can do for your health is get a good night's sleep. But let's face it, that does not always happen and because of it you suffer and so does everything you do.

One of the biggest problems with getting enough sleep is actually easy to fix; sleeping in the dark. Some of you may say that it is no big deal, that you have slept with a light on or live in an area where there are street lamps on all night long and you have gotten used to it. But light or the lack of light are physical as well as mental triggers for your body to do something, either sleep or be awake.

Here's what the National Sleep Foundation has to say about it:
Light and darkness are powerful cues that tell your body it's time to rest, or get you ready for a productive day. So it's no surprise that light in the bedroom (as well as light peeking in from outside) has an impact on the quality of your sleep. 
Artificial light after dark can send wake-up messages to the brain, suppressing the production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin and making it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep. In fact, a recent study showed that even bright room light could have this chemical effect. And early sunrays begin to activate the body and can cause some of us to rise before we're ready. 
With a little thought and creativity, though, you can use the body's light sensitivity to your advantage. Consider low-wattage, incandescent lamps at your bedside to help you wind down in the hours before sleep. Survey your room for any other sources of artificial light, for example, streetlamps or porch lights, or even the glow from the power buttons of electronics like TV's or bright alarm clocks. Consider blocking these to make the room completely dark while you sleep. If you go to the bathroom during the night, do so by nightlight, instead of turning on stronger overhead lights. 
If you can wake up rested with the sun after 7-9 hours of sleep, then by all means welcome the early morning rays. If not, use darkening curtains or shades to keep your body in sleep mode until it's time to wake up and start the day.
One of the easiest and most cost efficient ways to help you get that dark room effect you need to help you sleep is the wear a sleep mask. Lazy Lidz has a simple, yet very effective one.

The Lazy Lidz Sleep Mask is made from very comfortable material. The outside part is a satin-like material and the inside is a super soft micro fiber material that feels wonderful next to your skin. It doesn't have seams or edges that rub and leave marks on your face.

The wide elastic strap is completely adjustable, making it a comfortable fit for anyone. Once you find what feels the best on you, simply slip it on and off without moving the Velcro strap again. I also suggest cutting off the excess strap once you get it where you like it, so it does not get in the way or bunch up.

Another thing that helps anyone get a good night sleep is silence. In today's society it's hard to get that all night long. The Lazy Lidz Sleep mask comes with a set of ear plugs that help block out the noise that could be interrupting your sleep. One thing I like is that the strap on the sleep mask has two small slots to keep your ear plugs in so you don't lose them! Very smart!

Getting a good night's sleep may not always be possible. Life happens. Kids need you. It's just the way things go! but if you can increase the number of nights you get good sleep it will immensely improve your outlook on life as well as your health!

You can purchase a Lazy Lidzs Sleep Mask HERE!

The reviewer has been compensated with receiving the product free in order to bring you an honest review. All opinions are those of the reviewer.

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