Getting Enough Sleep While Traveling

466240817-smallWhen you’re traveling, it’s important that you’re rested enough to enjoy yourself. I If you’re not getting enough sleep, you will feel tired and won’t be able to enjoy the exciting sights and experiences of your trip. Getting a good night’s sleep is always important, but even more so when you’re traveling.

There are plenty of ways to help you sleep well while traveling:

– Try to get as much exposure to natural sunlight as possible when you arrive
– Take B vitamins early on the travel day
– Avoid exercise 2 hours before bed
– Drinking warm milk or cocoa about 2 hours before bed is helpful
– Avoid eating large meals before bed
– Keep lights dim before bed and avoid looking at computer and TV screens
– Use an eye mask or ear plugs to keep out light and noises

Some people find it difficult to sleep in a hotel. Unfamiliar surroundings, noise, a new bed and the local climate can keep you awake as well. Trying to stick to your regular sleep schedule, exercising during the day, and adjusting the settings in your hotel room can help you feel more comfortable and fall asleep easier.

Keep in mind that it is especially important to rest on the way to your destination if it is going to be daytime when you arrive. However, if you will be arriving in the evening or at night, it’s best to stay awake so that you will want to sleep when you get there and easily adjust to the time change.

Going To Bed Angry

177702323-smallWe all know firsthand that sleep affects our mood. After a sleepless night you may be more irritable and vulnerable to stress and once you sleep, your mood often returns to normal. The same can go for the other way around too. We’ve all heard the saying “never go to bed angry”. Now research has shown that going to bed angry can have serious ill effects on your health, aside from insomnia and sleepless nights.

Chronic anger increases your blood pressure and heart rate. It also increases the pressure inside your skull, makes your breathing irregular, decreases insulin activity along with multiple other symptoms which can all affect your sleep and cause you to wake up feeling still tired in the morning.

If you’re angry right before bed, it’s recommended to not go to sleep right away, but to stay awake for a couple hours and relax before falling asleep. Research has shown that going to sleep after experiencing negative emotions appears to reinforce or “preserve” them.

In the study, psychologists showed participants disturbing photos (like scenes from a war-torn country) and found that sleep make the participants’ negative emotional memories stronger.

To help avoid going to bed with these negative feelings fresh, try thinking about something positive that happened during the day, or earlier in the week. This will help relax you and allow you to have a more peaceful sleep so you can feel stress free and more rested in the morning.

Organizing Your Closet

82090000-smallHaving an organized closet is the first step to having an organized room, leading to a more organized life. Utilizing every last inch of closet space will go a long way in helping you stay uncluttered and organized.

The first step is to sort through all of your clothes to determine what you really need. Remove all the clothes from your closet, bins and drawers. Then, go through every article of clothing and keep only the ones you wear on a regular basis and clothes you would miss if they weren’t in your closet. If you’ve worn a certain item in the last week, month, or even few months, you should hold on to it as long as it’s seasonally appropriate.

Create a separate pile for clothes that you will store and that are not seasonally appropriate. If it’s the middle of the summer, store your scarves and sweaters. You can also store clothing that you may not necessarily wear, but still hold sentimental value, like a sweater your grandmother knitted for you. When you’re done sorting through these, put them in a plastic bin and store them in the back of your closet, under your bed or in a different part of your home if you have room.

The last step in organizing your closet is deciding which clothing you will donate or throw out. If you want to have a truly organized closet, then your goal should be to get rid of as many items as possible. If you haven’t worn something in over a year and it has no sentimental value, it’s time to donate it. If you have an item that is so worn, faded or covered in moth holes, then it’s time to throw it out.

If your closet is big enough, it’s likely you’re storing things other than clothes such as shoes, boxes with mementos or old photo albums. Sorting through these and throwing away what has little to no sentimental value will help free up space for more storage. Swapping out old cardboard boxes for plastic bins can look more visually appealing as well as last longer over time.

Restless Leg Syndrome

178041620-smallRestless leg syndrome (RLS) is a disorder of the nervous system that involves throbbing, pulling, creeping or other unpleasant sensations in the legs and causes an uncontrollable and overwhelming urge to move them. These feelings occur when the person is resting, mostly in the evenings and during sleep, and will usually go away when people move their legs.

RLS affects people of all ages, most being middle aged. Many pregnant women experience RLS, but it usually goes away after the baby is born. Most people with this disorder have serious sleep problems and are tired and have trouble paying attention.

RLS can be genetic, which is why it tends to run in families. It can also be related to other medical issues which can include kidney disease, low iron levels, anemia, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.

Many people with severe cases of RLS get less than five hours of sleep per night which can cause excessive sleepiness during the daytime and affect your personal and professional life.

There are many home remedies you can make that are designed to help combat this problem.

– Walking around may be the only thing that helps RLS. A midnight stroll through the house may calm your legs enough to keep them still when you go back to bed.
– Coffee, tea, chocolate sodas and even over-the-counter (OTC) medications may contain caffeine. Cutting your consumption of these may help improve your condition.
– A warm bath or massage before bed relaxes muscles and therefore may be helpful.
– Try stretching your calves, hamstrings and gluteal muscles before bed.

If you still have twitching legs after you’ve tried these tips, talk to your doctor about getting a medical evaluation.

477355145-smallArranging your furniture can be one of the hardest decisions you make in a room. If you take the time to create a great furniture arrangement to start with, you will never have to rearrange. While experts say that the surest way to a flawless set up is trial and error, there are a few rules you can keep in mind while you design your set up.

Area Rugs Belong Under Furniture

An undersized rug can make a small room seem even smaller, and a large room look disconnected. Place your rug underneath at least the first set of legs of your bed, couch or chairs to create a more cohesive look.

Couches Should Have Some Space

Placing your couches a few inches away from your walls can help create some breathing room and make your space seem larger. If you can’t pull it away from the wall due to space restrictions, then move chairs or side tables a few inches out to open up the room.

Light the Entire Room

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Lighting is one of the most important elements in a space to placement of floor and table lamps should work toward maximizing the amount of light in your room. For example, if you have a lamp next to your bed, place two more strategically in the room to create a triangle of light.

High Curtains

Curtains should be placed as high as they can possibly go. In most situations, it’s best to hang curtains from the ceilings to the floors. It makes ceilings seem a lot higher and expands the room.

Coffee Tables

Your coffee table should be large. The bigger you can go the better. If you can’t go too big because of a narrow living room, then go skinny, but long. Like rugs, a large coffee table can help expand and connect a room.

Sleeping Positions for Couples

466455253-smallWhether you spoon or sleep back to back can be an indicator of how happy or satisfied you and your partner are in your relationship. Sleeping in a pose that lets you both stay comfortable and also allows body contact helps strengthen your bond. These sleeping positions can help you snuggle up at night, as well as get better sleep all night long.

Spoon Position

This position is great for side sleepers or people with lower back pain and is a basic position for couples to sleep in. Sleeping on your side helps ease pressure on the spine and is great in the winter time because the full body contact helps keep both of you warm.

Hand Holding Position

This position provides minimal touching, but still allows for intimacy by lying on your backs and intertwining your hands next to each other. Hand holding can provide a romantic effect and neither one has to compromise the comfort of sleeping on your back. If you both prefer to sleep on your sides, face each other and hold hands for another twist on sleeping with minimal touching.

Arm Draping Position

If you or your partner exhibit different sleep positions such as you on your back or your partner on their side, consider an arm across the body position. If you’re the side sleeper, face your partner, but roll toward your back slightly to avoid waking them up with an arm that’s still asleep. Back sleepers should keep their arms by their sides, not overhead, to reduce stress on the shoulders.