How do you deal with sleep problems? If you think you’ve tried everything to get a good nights sleep, don’t give up just yet … some solutions are simple and effective immediately!
If you are finding it difficult to get a good night’s sleep, you’re not alone. In fact, you are now in the majority. A recent survey in the US found that 52% of the respondents fit the class of “poor sleepers”. Their previous survey found that two-thirds of children experience frequent sleep problems. Babies and children are particularly vulnerable to external influences affecting their sleep and, as many of us know, having sleepless children usually means sleepless parents.
We also know that stress interferes with our ability to sleep well, but we usually associate this with psychological or emotional stress. There are however, other factors stressing our systems, and many of these occur right in our own homes.
Here, we look at what stimulates us to sleep, and then some of the things in our homes and environment that may contribute to sleeping difficulties. Often the solution is very, simple, effective, quick and inexpensive, if not FREE.
Melatonin – Widely known as a natural sleep aid, melatonin is actually a hormone our pineal gland produces at night. Researchers found that adequate melatonin production is linked to not only our ability to sleep, but the quality of our sleep as well. The pineal gland is stimulated by dark to begin the production of melatonin. Light will suppress production.
Lighting – You will help to improve your sleep, by making your environment one that promotes melatonin production, instead of suppressing it. Look around your home. Can you see the light from the hall in your bedroom? Does the light from the neighbors, or the lamps and neon signs on the street bother you? Room darkening curtains and shades will block the outside world from seeping into your sleep zone.
Electricity – Can also suppress melatonin production. For some people, sleeping within a magnetic field will also disrupt their sleep. The stronger and larger a field, the more likely it is to disrupt the quality of sleep, and the more people it is likely to affect. Try to remove as many electrical appliances from your bedroom as possible. Computers, cell phones, TV’s, etc. can be responsible for electromagnetic overload. Make sure that those you do decide to keep are at least three feet away from your pillow.
Strong magnetic fields are most likely located around the fuse box, or electricity meter. If you are not sleeping well, the very first thing to do is to check where this is. Is it anywhere near your bed? People often unknowingly sleep with their bedhead, or their child’s bed, backing onto the meter box. This is not only associated with insomnia, but also with weakened immune systems, which can lead to a variety of health issues. Often something as simple as moving the bed to the other side of the room will dramatically alleviate sleeping problems.
Electrical Appliances – Magnetic fields from electric appliances reduce as soon as you turn it off. The important thing to know is that the electric field is still there! To remove the electro field, you need to turn the appliance off and THEN unplug it. Bear in mind also that most mattresses contain metal springs, and that the metal in these springs can conduct electricity – another important reason to keep electric fields away from your bed. Electric blankets can emit enormous fields, and continue to emit electric fields that keep your whole system buzzing all night, unless they’re unplugged. If you want to keep warm in bed, use a hot water bottle, or snuggle up to a special someone instead. Cordless phones and phone rechargers can also emit large fields. Both are better, placed on the other side of the room. Better yet; by plugging anything that runs on electric in, only when you are using it, you will be pretty happy when you see the savings on your next electric bill.
Microwave Radiation (Not necessarily from microwave ovens)
Mobile phones, ‘wireless’ technology, DECT cordless phones and digital baby monitors – just like your microwave oven – emit microwave radiation. Microwave radiation is increasingly intruding into our lives, and the more appliances we buy that use this form of energy, the more we invite it inside our own homes. Once there, it is often operating 24/7. This has now been linked with disruption in sleep patterns (in addition to other health issues such as impaired brain function and energy metabolism, fatigue and depression). Reducing your usage of this type of technology may well help to increase your quality of sleep.
All electromagnetic and microwave radiation is ‘invisible stress’ – however, a variety of meters do exist which can measure their effect, and make visible, this invisible world. If you suspect you may have EMFs or microwave radiation in your house, and you’ve eliminated all the simple causes, it may be best to consult with someone who is experienced with energy fields and can help you to detect them and their sources.
Sweet Dreams! ZZzzzzz …