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5 FACTORS THAT AFFECT YOUR SLEEP PATTERN

Ever get so tired and cannot wait to get into bed, but when you jump in, sleep simply does not come by so easily? That happens to the best of us. There could be a variety of reasons why you cannot fall asleep as quickly as you would like, so we are going to list 5 factors that could be affecting your sleep pattern.

Hot or Cold?

The temperature of your room makes a huge difference. Higher temperatures, as well as humidity, can prevent you from falling asleep with ease. Cooler temperatures are more conducive to sleep, so the next time you are feeling hot or uncomfortable, switch on the fan/aircon or open a window to allow fresh, cool air inside.

All About Food

If you have a habit of eating right before getting into bed, you are in trouble. Your body needs time to digest the food, and this can make it difficult to fall asleep right away. On the contrary, do not go to bed hungry either as you might get up for a snack later. It’s best to eat a light supper at least two hours before getting into bed.

Lights & Gadgets

The light sensitive cells in our eyes send a message to our brain that it is daytime. When we look into, or are surrounded by, bright lights at night - this includes the light from our smartphones, tablets and laptops. Dim the lights in your room before bedtime, and avoid using your gadgets when retiring for bed.

Jet Lag & Shift Work

Are you a jetsetter? Then you will be all too familiar with the pains of jet lag. Even if you do not travel so much to different time zones but work day and night shifts, then you will certainly have trouble with your sleep pattern - you may have insomnia or suffer from excessive sleepiness. Regardless of where you are between these two extremes, it is not recommended to take sleeping pills for it. Your body simply needs to adjust over time.

Noises

While many of us believe dead silence is what will allow us to sleep quicker, according to experts white noise is excellent for putting us to sleep. White noise refers to the gentle sounds of the happenings around you, such as the low hum from the air con. So, it may not be such a great idea to make sure you surrounded by complete stillness and quiet time when you get into bed.

There are various other factors that affect your sleep pattern, and we recommend speaking to your doctor should you experience these changes over a prolonged period of time.