Making the bedroom as quiet, dark and cosy as possible has
been outlined as an important factor for a good night's sleep,
according to Stanford University's Dr William C Dement.
Dr Dement highlighted the importance of a good night's sleep for
making good decisions, feeling happy and operating at peak
performance in an interview with the Herald News. He recommended
several considerations that should be kept in mind when heading off
Maintaining a regular and predictable sleep schedule was
particularly important, and is often on the top of the list of
recommendations by sleep specialists. Something you may not be
aware of, however, is the importance of sunlight during the day. Dr
Dement recommends at least 15 minutes of sunlight a day, as it sets
the circadian rhythm for sleep cycles.
He also recommends using the bed only for sleeping at night, and
trying to avoid taking naps during the day.
If you are struggling to sleep, there are a few other suggestions
that could assist you in getting your head down. Dairy products,
such as milk, contain tryptophan which is a natural sleep chemical
so try having a glass of the white stuff before bed.
You should also avoid eating a big meal before bed, and try not to
force sleep by going to bed without feeling tired.
According to figures provided by the BBC, 25 per cent of the UK
population suffer from some form of sleep disorder that results in
excessive daytime sleepiness. Snoring, sleep apnoea, insomnia and
restless leg syndrome are the main disorders that keep us from
Many of these disorders can have an effect not just upon yourself,
but on the people around you, such as partners and family making
good sleeping habits very important.
A comfortable environment will help overcome many sleep
impediments, which will reap benefits for both you and your
Posted by Michael Ewing