According to the CDC, 1 in 3 Americans don't get enough sleep, and these unsuspecting daytime habits are likely to blame:
Hanging In The Dark
Many studies have shown the correlation between exposure to sunlight exposure and our sleep cycles. most notably. A 2009 study conducted by a pair of Harvard University professors, for the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, found that getting sunlight first thing in the morning helps regulate our circadian rhythm—the physical, mental and behavioral changes that respond to light and darkness in our environments. Exposure to light in the morning and throughout the day signals the body to wake up, which kickstarts the rhythm, ultimately leading us to feel sleepy come nightfall.
Also on Z Living: 3 Ways To Finally Quit The Snooze Button
Hitting The Snooze Button
We just recently broke down three fail-proof ways to kick the snooze button once and for all, because the habit can be hugely disruptive to your workday and sleep cycle. When you snooze, you begin a new cycle of sleep that’s bound to get disrupted. “You’re fragmenting what little extra sleep you’re getting, so it is of poor quality,” Robert S. Rosenberg, medical director of the Sleep Disorders Centers of Prescott Valley and Flagstaff, Arizona told CNN. Not completing a sleep cycle your body has started can make you feel groggier during the day, which throws off your body’s internal clock and disrupts your sleep the next night too.
Staring At Screens Too Much
Too much screen time before bed can lead to insufficient or poor quality sleep. Blue light devices, such as your smartphone, laptops and smart TVs, mess with your body’s natural nightly production of melatonin, the hormone that makes you feel sleepy, according to a new study conducted by a team of researchers at the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. The study tracked the screen time use of 653 people, as well as their self-reported measures of sleep. The data shows that both duration and quality of sleep decreased as smartphone screen time use increased.
Also on Z Living: These 5 Images Are Scientifically Proven To Relax You
Couch Potato Syndrome
A survey from the National Sleep Foundation found that people who reported having regular exercise regimes sleep better than people who reported being non-exercisers. It also found that good sleep wasn’t just reserved for gym rats sweating it out every night― even just sitting for fewer than six hours per day corresponded to reporting good sleep, compared to sitting for 10 or more hours, which correlated to poor sleep results.
Also on Z Living: How To Become An Expert Sleeper
Overwhelming The Bedroom
Today work and home life are interconnected for more working Americans than ever before. No matter how tight your deadline is, or how small your apartment may be, your bed shouldn’t be your work desk, breakfast nook, dinner table or anything other than a bed. This is because, as Jess Shatkin, professor of child and adolescent psychiatry and pediatrics at the New York University School of Medicine explains in this Huffington Post piece, “You want to associate the bed with sleep. Just like Pavlov’s dogs started drooling when they heard the bell, you want your head to drool for sleep when you see your bed.”
How do you get your best sleep possible? We love to hear from you. Share with us in the comment section below!