Sleeping With a Full Moon

The lunar cycle has been related to a broad range of mysterious events, from increased crime to hospital admissions. Words such as “moonstruck” and “lunatic” have evolved from stories like the lycanthrope, the figure who turned into a werewolf at full Moon. Even outside such folktales, scientist have suspected that the Moon’s phases may affect sleep patterns more than we think.

The next time you can’t sleep, take a peek outside and see if there is a full moon casting beams. Research has showed that our internal biological clock, ticks away according to the moon’s cycle. Dr. Silvia Frey out of Switzerland conducted an experiment that showed melatonin levels, total sleep time and delta sleep time were at their lowest levels when the moon was full. It was also indicated that it took the longest time to fall asleep and reach REM sleep during a full moon.

Like every other species on Earth, humans have evolved with a particular set of astronomical cycles such as: day, night, full moon, daylight-savings time to which our circadian systems adapt. Because of this research, there are helpful strategies that have been developed for individuals who are prone to circadian sleep disorders.

Since it is said that the human body biologically struggles to fall and stay asleep when the moon is full, people can be more particular about their comfort during these times. Creating a relaxing ritual like reading, dressing your bed comfortably, or listening to soothing music can help. One of the best ways to fall asleep comfortably is having a clean, cozy and durable matress. At Mattresses For Less you can choose from a wide variety of trusted name-brand mattresses to contribute to the best nights sleep you’ve ever had. You may even be able to sleep through the wolves howling at the moon.

Sleeping Under the Stars

As summer comes to an end, and the temperatures become bearable again, now is the perfect time for a little weekend get-a-way for some peace and quiet. You might find that straying from the city lights, and venturing off to a serene place under the starlit sky may be your destination.

Heading out to an environment without clocks, deadlines, chores, and electronics is good for one’s peace of mind, and also gives you a chance to re-calibrate your sleeping patterns that have been tossed around in the midst of the work-week sea.

Being chained to your desk and excessive urgency for electronic gadgets throughout the week are guilty as charged for your lack of sleep. The byproducts of sleep deprivation and daily stresses can result in serious health problems, decrease in production levels, and destruction of  your internal clock.

Research suggests our circadian rhythms have been a mess ever since electric lighting was introduced in the 1930’s. The comforts of modern living and technology disrupt the brains circadian rhythms (your internal clock) and abbreviate the release of natural melatonin, which explains why so many of us have a hard time falling asleep and feeling like going right back to bed as soon as we wake.

The key to resetting your body’s clock is spending some time outdoors with natural lighting. Think about it, the sun goes down, the campfire comes out, a few hours later, your body takes a shift and a new sleeping pattern has been invited. The sun comes out, and you are up preparing for the day, enjoying as much sunlight as possible until sunset. After we have been exposed to these natural cues, melatonin levels are able to rise and fall, suggesting that our brain starts to promote wakefulness or sleepiness. A quiet, countryside mini-cation may be long overdue, it’s time to disconnect from you gadgets so you can experience tranquility and restoration. Just try your best not to “tweet” about it.

 

 

 

Discovering Your Deprivation

It is not so much lack of sleep that has you tossing and turning at night, or bone-weary throughout the day. Rather, your brain activity has everything to do with your sleeping patterns, so first and foremost, one must learn to take back control of what’s been affecting you throughout all these perturbed nights. In fact, what people are deprived of more is time during the day where there is no pressure and expectations causing havoc and restlessness. Starting your day a few hours early can help manage the anxieties that creep up like little monsters under your bed that keep you fan-gazing and fast on the draw all night.

Life’s stresses will subside when you adjust your sails, so your lifestyle and habits may travel in a new, winsome direction.  Waking before the sun doesn’t necessarily seem all that flattering when you’re used to catching those last few z’s before your snooze alarm alerts you. By waking up just before dawn, you can give yourself time to create new habits. Whether that is mastering the perfect omelette, sipping coffee and catching up on some reading/TV watching, getting exercise, or whatever it may be, you can genuinely enjoy and take pride in it. What this “daylight savings time” boils down to is finding a balance. You will feel more focused and unhurried with not one single soul expecting anything from you within the next few hours.

When everyday life becomes stressful, you may find yourself thinking, “I need a break, better yet a vacation”. The ability to appreciate the task at hand and think clearly will come naturally once you learn that you don’t need to figure out the right way to take a break, allowing you to get more out of your day.

In a relentless and eager world, the second you check your email or schedule, an internal clock of new items immediately creates deadlines built on a foundation of pressure. By rising a few hours early, you can alleviate that load by taking the extra time to tackle those tasks that are sure to cut into your bedtime. This will leave you with a clear conscious and a few more hours to establish a quality sleep pattern.

To protect your newly-found slumber, it is important to make sure you are sleeping on a mattress that will keep you rested the whole night through. At Mattresses For Less, they have a large selection of trusted name brands mattresses that are available to be delivered to you at your convenience. Make tonight the best nights sleep yet and wake up every morning feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day confidently and contently.

Set an "Electronic Curfew"

It seems as though getting into bed these days doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time for bed. Rather, as soon as the sheets are pulled back, that’s the time you somehow manage to remember the email you didn’t send, the call that was never made, the text that you have been putting off or perhaps, that’s your designated catch up on the news, tv shows, or social media time. If this is your ritual, chances are, you wake up and the first thing you do, is roll over to check your device for missed calls, emails, and so fourth. Not only is this electronic-obsessed era confirming a social epidemic, but is a leading cause of sleep deprevation for a large percent nationwide.

Somehow these electronic habits have you plugged in when you should be checked out, and appears to be affecting quality slumber time in individuals who are habitual bedtime-gadget-using offenders. The light exposure from a device can disrupt the brains circadian rhythms and censor the release of natural melatonin levels that invite sleep. When you hear, see or read something that may spark excitement, fear or any type of anxiety, your brains engine ignites and its electrical activity increases. Neurons start to race, (which is the exact opposite of what should be happen when you are trying to rest) and reactions ignite to help mobilize the body’s resources, and responds by releasing cortisol creating a stimulation that is nocent to sleep.

Americans are staying up later on a consistent basis which is adjusting their internal clock. In return to this alteration, your body acclimates and physically cannot fall asleep until the “new time”. To prevent this from happening and potentially generating health issues, it is important to set an “electronic curfew” by creating a routine so that your body and mind start to know that each step, is a step closer to bed. Here are a few ideas for your appliance:

  • Get everything ready for the next day, it will put your mind at ease, and you will have a sense of accomplishment before the day has even begun.
  • Ban yourself from anything that will stimulate your brain including computers work, texting, emails, TV, etc.
  • Skip out on the news or anything stressful.
  • If you must watch television, watch reruns of a show, or a movie you have already seen that has a subtle plot.
  • Try a breathing exercise. If pray or meditation isn’t your thing, this is a great way to clear your mind of any lingering, mid-wracking thoughts.

It is amazing what a good nights rest can do for the mind and body. Begin by making small changes to your sleep schedule, and create an inviting bedtime routine to enhance your quality of rest as well your quality of life. To ensure element of sleep, make sure you are sleeping on a mattress that will keep you rested the entire night. At Mattresses For Less, they have a large selection of trusted name brands mattresses that are available to be delivered to you at your convenience. Make tonight the best nights sleep of your life with a quality mattress from Mattresses for Less!

Listening To Your Internal Clock

The responsibilities and stresses of life have an incredible impact on our physical bodies. Over time, that impact can manifest itself in many ways that adversely affects our physical well being. The human body can only take so much before it needs to rest and recuperate. Most of us are aware of the need for sleep but many do not know just how much the body requires it.

As a matter of fact, the human brain is equipped with a specific mechanism to regulate what is known as our internal clock. The clinical term for this clock is the “circadian rhythm”. This biological mechanism is what regulates and controls our body’s daily routines and physical patterns like blood pressure, body temperature, and hormone release. Our need for sleep is also regulated by this internal clock and our ability (or willingness) to follow this clock is a huge part of our sleep patterns and overall health.

Our circadian rhythm is set when we’re infants; normally within the first few months of life. It is during this early stage of our lives that we develop our sleep schedule. Most Americans are “programmed” to sleep between midnight and dawn and a somewhat diminished interval in the afternoon. Anyone who has tried to stay awake all night can testify to the body’s reaction to that decision. Whether you sleep the day before or not, there is an inherent need within the body to sleep at night and that need is dictated by your internal clock.

While the clock can be reset to a different time (for example, for night shift work), most people find the transition to be (at best) unsettling and (at worst) impairing. While most can eventually change their sleeping patterns, the need for sleep at specific times is so rudimentary to our existence that we can feel the negative effects of that change for years.

Why is this circadian rhythm so important? Ignoring your body’s need for sleep should be an obvious problem. Without regular sleep intervals, our bodies will make the need for rest known in many forms of sleep disorders. Sleep studies have shown our circadian rhythm sleep patterns go a long way toward correcting, if not outright preventing, many of the sleep disorders that plague us. In other words, it’s not just important that you get some sleep; you need to sleep when the body is telling you to sleep. While there are times in our lives that the clock has to be ignored, habitually hitting the “snooze” on your internal clock has never ended well. That gentle head-bob while driving at night can quickly become a tragic incident if ignored for too long. Taking over-the-counter remedies for drowsiness like energy drinks, coffee, or legal amphetamines (like “No-Doze”) can delay the body’s need for sleep, but sooner or later, the rhythm is gonna get ya.

So, listen to your body. Anyone who has been deprived of sleep can testify there’s nothing that can recharge the batteries and reboot the brain like a good night’s sleep.