7 Tips for Beating Sleep Deprivation and Insomnia
As the holidays hit, many Kansans find themselves sleeping less and less. How can you beat this and get a good night’s rest?
Hectic, stressful lives can cause many of us to lose out on vital sleep. When we are sleep deprived, we often lose our patience, are groggy, have trouble remembering things, and we may be moody.
Did you know that soaking in a hot tub before going to bed can provide stress relief and relaxation, leading to a deep and more peaceful sleep? Here are seven tips for beating sleep deprivation and insomnia.
Many People Have Trouble Sleeping
If you have trouble falling and staying asleep, you’re not alone. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than one-fourth of the U.S. population report occasionally not getting enough sleep, while nearly 10% experience chronic insomnia.
Experts say an average adult needs between 7-9 hours of sleep each night. This is nearly impossible for some of us.
Hot Tubs Provide a Deeper, More Relaxed Sleep
There is good news. You can find natural ways to help you fall asleep without pills or other substances – the answer is in the water.
The deep, relaxing sensation you get from time spent soaking in a spa helps release tension and starts you on a path to a restful sleep. Once you’re in a warm spa, your body’s temperature rises, which increases blood circulation. When you leave the spa, your core temperature lowers slowly, which signals the body that it’s time to sleep.
By raising your temperature a degree or two in the hot tub, you get a steep drop in body temperature at bedtime that is more likely to put you in a deep sleep.
The scientific journal Sleep notes that relaxing in hot water before going to bed can help people suffering from sleep disorders fall into a deeper, more restful sleep. The hot, swirling water leaves you feeling both mentally and emotionally relaxed.
- Immerse yourself in a hot tub two hours before bedtime. By bedtime, we mean the time you want to be asleep.
- Soak for at least 20 minutes. The buoyancy of the water also reduces your body weight, relieving pressure on your joints and muscles leaving you mentally and emotionally relaxed.
- Hot tub induced sleep is a natural remedy, so ditch the sleeping aids such as over-the-counter remedies or prescription drugs.
- Don’t drink caffeine before bed.
- Turn down the temperature in your bedroom.
- Turn off the TV, your phone, tablet and other electronic devices well before bedtime.
- Make the room very quiet or consider some white noise such as a fan.
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