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“How to Sleep Better”

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Recently I watched a BBC program, "How to Sleep Better."
It said very little about why people needed to sleep. Actually, no one really know why people, animals, organisms sleep. However, we can learn how sleep is important by studying the problems if we don’t have enough sleep.

Image hosted by Photobucket.comHere is what I learned. Quote:
"A good way to understand the role of sleep is to look at what would happen if we didn’t sleep. Lack of sleep has serious effects on our brain’s ability to function. If you’ve ever pulled an all-nighter, you’ll be familiar with the following after-effects: grumpiness, grogginess, irritability and forgetfulness. After just one night without sleep, concentration becomes more difficult and attention span shortens considerably.

Image hosted by Photobucket.comWith continued lack of sufficient sleep, the part of the brain that controls language, memory, planning and sense of time is severely affected, practically shutting down. In fact, 17 hours of sustained wakefulness leads to a decrease in performance equivalent to a blood alcohol level of 0.05% (two glasses of wine)." Source:The science of sleep

Anyways, the program is almost all about suggestions for better night sleep. For those who have sleep problem, here are their suggestions:

  • Relax your mind – Stop or try not to think about anything.
  • Exercise regularly – A great way, but just remember not to do it right before the bed time.
  • Create a calm bedroom environment – A bedroom should be for sleep ONLY. (Guilty! XD In my bedroom, I have a stereo and a computer, which is on almost 24/7. )
  • Avoid caffeine – This one is obvious, but I did not sleep well last because I had too much tea before going to bed. :p
  • Watch what you eat – Avoid large heavy meal, spicy and fatty foods, and foods containing tyramine – bacon, cheeze, nuts, red wine,etc. Instead, eat something that triggers the hormones serotonin like carbohydrates.
  • Set a regular bed time and wake up time – Create a natural cycle or a habit.
  • Follow our natural cycles – It is natural to feel sleepy between 2-4pm and between 3-5am. Yeah, it is hard to do things against nature. :D
  • See a doctor – In serious case of sleep disorder, that is.

For more information and tips, please visit Sleep tips and advice

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Image hosted by Photobucket.comAnother thing when it comes to sleep is that it is about the quality, not the quanity. *winks* If I were you, I would definitely avoid staying awake over 17 hours. (Maybe no more going on without sleep for days for me.) Last, I hope this blog can help anyone who has sleep problem, and wish you all have good night sleep always.

~KKai

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10 responses to ““How to Sleep Better”

  1. KKai May 19, 2005 at 07:22

    UK-Tasha,I know sleep is something you can do best. :DHave a nice nap here if you will. ;)

  2. KKai May 19, 2005 at 05:28

    Thank each one of you for commenting.And, I am glad that I can have chance to help if this blog have helped someone.Really everyone will always have good night sleep. :D

  3. Michelle May 18, 2005 at 22:44

    Hey KKai…iz me… Thanks for the tips i’v always had problems going to sleep (insomnia i think) i’m going to use those :D wellll C ya around!

  4. Tasha May 18, 2005 at 19:55

    G’night :)Hugs, Tash

  5. Tasha x May 18, 2005 at 16:47

    ZZZzzzZZZZzzzzZZZZZzzzzzZZZZZZ .. Oh sorry…. Fell asleep :P

  6. Emma May 18, 2005 at 12:08

    very nicely written kkai!! not like your normal bog you see around!! this is very much like an article!! but as everyone else has said cute pics!! and i have no trouble gettin to sleep…a good book usually sets me off!! your blogs cool!!

  7. Corynn May 18, 2005 at 11:01

    Hi!I like da pics,those animals are cute!

  8. Angela May 18, 2005 at 10:35

    Unusual space but hey aint that the best way to be uncommon and orginal.

  9. Sammi May 18, 2005 at 09:01

    hi, nice article~i don’t have any problem falling asleep, the problem is lack of sleep due to hwk and work~ lol…

  10. Lindsey May 18, 2005 at 08:59

    Cool tips. Thanks. I visit random spaces. I like yours.Peace, Lindsey

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