First of all, let’s get one thing straight – you can’t catch up on sleep. If you thought it was a good idea to lounge in your bed the entire weekend after sleeping little during the working week, you’re wrong. According to experts, it is crucial for your energy level to go to sleep at the same time seven days a week – otherwise you might end up with insomnia if you sleep too much when you have the chance to.
Many people claim that having a glass of wine (OK, three to be exact), helps them go to sleep. Although that may seem true and it may look like you are falling asleep easier, alcohol interferes with the restorative functions of sleep because it messes with the sleep cycle. It probably happened to you that you fell asleep just fine after having some wine, but the chances are you will wake up once alcohol clears from your system. Not a good night’s sleep, is it?
It is not true that a warm bedroom will help you fall asleep. The truth is that bedroom temperature should not be above 68 degrees because that is the right temperature for facilitating a drop in core body temperature. Sleeping in such conditions will be uninterrupted, say the scientists. Interestingly, there is another benefit of sleeping in a cool room – it can help you lose weight! Cold temperatures speed up your metabolism which results in burning more calories.
Is my iPad giving me insomnia? Well, yes and no. It has been proven that the light emitted from TVs, tablets and smartphones inhibits the release of melatonin, the sleeping hormone. However, further studies have shown that keeping your gadget at least 14 inches from your face lowers the amount of light absorbed by your body, and melatonin can be released freely.