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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

TUESDAY'S TIP OF THE WEEK: Getting True Sleep At Night

The following was written by Patt Commeret. 
One common mistake that is keeping people from fully recovering from workouts, or keeping the cognitive focus during the day, is getting real deep sleep. A number of faults could be going on with someones sleep habits. One that is often over looked is artificial lighting.

Computers, ipads, night lights and cell phones all can suppress Melatonin at night time. Melatonin creates that deep sleep needed to fully recover from workouts, or fully recover your brain for the next days work. A study done by RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) found that 2 hours of exposure to this light before bed could dramatically reduce production of melatonin during sleep.

Here are a few things you can do to quickly black out your bedroom.

  1. Put your alarm clock in a nightstand drawer. You'll still be able to hear it, but the glowing light won't illuminate your bedroom. 
  2. Blackout Shades. These will keep any outdoor light out of your bedroom. 
  3. Keep your TV in the living room. If the TV isn't in your bedroom, you can't watch it. 
  4. Eye Mask. If you really want to make sure no light gets to your eyes; cover them! 
Black out that bedroom to create what some call a sleep sanctuary.

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