If You Can’t Sleep, Don’t Sweat It

We know we always talk about how everyone should improve their sleep hygiene and what no. But this week, we’re taking the time to pause and remind everyone that you shouldn’t feel pressured about getting more zzz’s.

While getting quality slumber is vital for great health and performance, we recognize that sometimes, the pressure to transport yourself to dreamland at the end of the day can get overwhelming. So much so that people get anxious if they don’t fall asleep right away.

This worsens the problem and make sleep even harder to come by. Stress-related insomnia is a real thing, so if you’re always fretting about not getting enough zzz’s, it could be  the very reason why you aren’t getting enough zzz’s. What’s worse, is that agonizing about your insomnia can also lead to more stress and even less sleep.

Studies have also shown that those who tend to fret about their stress-related insomnia tend to develop other health problems as well. This, of course, makes things even more worse because you don’t only have sleep deprivation to worry about but other ailments as well.

So, what should you do? Experts say to stop worrying about not getting enough sleep. We know this sounds easier said than done but it’s really your only choice. By resetting how you look at sleep, you might just have a better chance at improving it.

Sometimes, the answer to the most complicated questions is a very simple one. Give this a try and you might just transform your sleep for the better.

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Sleep Deprived? We Also Have Memes for That

Sleep deprivation is one of the most frustrating things in the world that it’s just hard to find it not funny at some point. If you’re already in need of zzz’s, might as well just take it lightly instead of stress over it. Doing that can drive sleep away even further, so let’s just laugh it off with these memes, shall we?

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If you relate to these memes, here are some tips that might help you sleep better.

No Surprise Here: The Heat Affects Your Sleep

As we live in a tropical country, there’s a good chance that you know full well that if it’s hot, sleep won’t come easily. Most of us have had sleepless nights during blackouts or have found it impossible to nap on summer afternoons. The heat can really be a disruptive element on one’s zzz’s and no one in the Philippines need scientists to tell them that.

But have you ever wondered why?

According to experts, the body needs to lower its temperature to get to sleep. Dropping temperature helps you fall and stay asleep while rising it wakes you up and keeps you awake. If it’s hot, the body will have a hard time to cool itself. As a result, it will be difficult to fall asleep.

And even if the body is fully capable of thermoregulation, the effects of a steamy night can still disrupt one’s zzz’s. If you sweat profusely in the night, you’re sure to get uncomfortable at some point. This can then disturb your slumber.

Luckily, there are lots of things that you can do to help you sleep on balmy nights. You might need to brush up on those techniques, though, as summer is just around the corner.

Scientists are Now Saying that Sleeping In can be Good for You

One of the biggest dilemmas we’ve always had was whether to promote sleeping in on the weekends or not. Sleeping in has been strongly advised against by many experts as they can wreak your carefully crafted sleeping schedule. In fact, it’s one of the reasons why you feel groggy on Mondays. We resorted to promoting naps instead as naps are always good when done in moderation.

So imagine our surprise when a new study has emerged saying that sleeping in on the weekends can be good for you.

Honestly, it wasn’t entirely surprising since the science of sleep is still being researched. Sleep is such a complex activity so it’s not shocking to find contrasting information about the topic. It’s welcomed, actually, so it can be understood better.

But what does this new study offer?

Conducted by the Stockholm University, the study looked at the relation of sleep duration and habits to the general health of 43,000 people. They have determined that those who get less than 5 hours or more than 8 hours of sleep at night have higher mortality rates.

This has led experts to believe that even though you can’t really “bank” sleep, getting a few extra hours of shuteye on the weekends can be good if you really need it. You might not be able to offset the lost hours of zzz’s, but it’s a start. They still say that the best way to get better health is to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep nightly.

Simply put, those who are sleep deprived can benefit from sleeping in on their days off. If you’re not really in much need of the extra zzz’s, though, sticking to your regular sleep schedule would be best.

Sometimes You Just Need to be Creative to Get Your Kids to Sleep

It’s no secret that kids are buzzing balls of energy. They also reject their bodies’ need to sleep. With all the fun these youngsters get, though, the more sleep deprived their parents are.

A quick search online will give you thousands of parenting tips how to get your kids to sleep. If you’ll ask us, consistency and being firm on enforcing bedtimes would be our top tips, but this post is not about that. This post is to share just how creative parents are getting just to get their little ones turn down for the night.

We’ve rounded up a few of the most unique and hilarious techniques that parents do that might also give you a few ideas when you’re already running out of ideas how to get your little one shut down.

The Bedtime Checklist

One mom made sure that their little one won’t be pulling any stalling techniques on them everytime bedtime rolls in. By listing down all of the things their kid likes to request before lights out, they get to make sure that they run out of reasons to stay up.

If you’re going to give this technique a try, some of the things you can add to your list are:

  • get a drink of water
  • say goodnight to all the pets and toys
  • check the closets for monsters

Tailor-fit your list according to your little one’s antics and they’ll soon run out of reasons to delay their bedtime.

End the Day with a Game

If you’re raising a competitive ball of energy, turning bedtime into a game can also work. One parent found out that they can get their kids to ‘race’ to sleep. The first one to fall asleep wins the game and for some kids, it works.

Use Aromatherapy

If you already have your own collection of essential oils, you’re in luck. You can just use a few drops of lavender, chamomile, and sandalwood are just a few of the best picks that can help soothe your little one to sleep.

There are a few ways how you  can use essential oils to get the job done:

  • A few drops on a tissue paper placed near their bed or crib can already be enough for many kids.
  • Massaging a small amount on their temples can also work. Make sure that the oil is safe to use on skin before doing this, though. It’s also not advised to use this trick on infants and very young kids.
  • A few drops on a humidifier can also help disperse the scent inside your kid’s room, so it can also be a good way to help them calm down at the end of the day.

Use Some Background Music

Listening to some white noise proves to be a useful way for some people to focus. For others, it’s very relaxing that it can even lull them to sleep. There are tons of white noise sounds and videos that you can play for your kid to get them to fall asleep, so you don’t have to worry about where to start.

These are just a few relatively different techniques that parents use to help their little ones sleep. Some of them are largely similar to what most adults do, so they might not seem too weird for a lot of folks. They are guaranteed to work, though, as most of them are techniques that can get everyone fall asleep.

Give these tricks a go and maybe you can start getting good sleep at night, too.

Why You Need to Get Some Sleep During the Holidays

Good news: the holidays are here! Bad news: it’s highly likely that you’ll have to miss some zzz’s. With the horrible traffic, late night parties, and long-haul travels the holidays have in store, lots of people opt to lose sleep than miss out on what’s happening. As a result, most people end up with a massive sleep debt by the time the new year rolls in.

Being groggy and sluggish on your first day back is not how you’d want to start your year, right? The lack of sleep you’ll get during the holidays will soon manifest itself as soon as you get back on your regular programming and it can get tough.

It’s very easy to avoid all of that if you can just make the effort to maintain your regular sleep schedule during the holidays. If you’re doing well in having a regular bedtime and wake up time before the holidays rolled in, sticking to them will help you avoid incurring sleep debt during the most wonderful time of the year.

In short, the secret to ensure that you’ll start the new year right is as easy as sticking to your bedtime.

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Travel Sleep Tips and Why It’s Hard to Get Restful Sleep on the Road

Holidays are not only known for family get-togethers and some time away from the workplace. They also come with long haul trips to the provinces and nights of sleeplessness.

Because it’s already a given that you’ll lose a couple of hours of sleep during the holidays, what some people try to make amends by just sleeping on the way to wherever they’re going. Unfortunately, this doesn’t cut it as it’s nearly impossible to sleep while traveling.

Ever wondered why? Here are a few answers:

  • REM sleep paralyses your spine and muscle tone which makes it difficult to sleep while sitting up. Your spine won’t be able to hold your body up while asleep, so it’s common to find yourself getting jolted awake when you lose control of your body.  This makes it almost impossible to sleep while sitting on a vehicle.
  • A vehicle’s chair isn’t exactly what most people consider as comfortable. Being comfortable will make you feel relaxed and ready to fall asleep and that’s just hard to achieve while riding a bus, plane, or car.
  • You might feel worried about your safety. It’s unfortunate that people with malicious intents like to take advantage of sleeping individuals in public spaces, so you have to stay on your toes to keep yourself and your belongings safe while traveling. This can keep you on edge which won’t really help your sleep.
  • Your co-passengers are noisy. Not everyone can fall asleep next to a screaming child or a talkative group of people.
  • You’re dehydrated. Lots of us don’t really drink anything when traveling because of the hassle of having to go to the bathroom. Most of the time, they’re completely inaccessible, so it’s best to not just drink anything. Unfortunately, dehydration won’t just make you uncomfortable, but it also makes you feel more exhausted. These, in turn, can make it harder to get a good shuteye while on the road.

As most of us like to make the most of our time, lots of long haul travels to the provinces are often scheduled at night. This way, you can just sleep en route and then get to what you want to do in the morning when you get to your destination. While you can still sleep while traveling, it won’t be as restful as the sleep you’ll get in your bed.

So, what are you to do? Here are a few tricks that can help you manage the inevitable loss of sleep during the holidays:

Plan Your Holidays Better

If you’re traveling for an action-filled getaway over the holidays, you should make sure to plan it better. It’s best if you can squeeze in some time to actually sleep before getting on your itinerary.

You should also make sure to get some free time in the evenings. This way, you can get ample rest after a tiring day. Sticking to your bedtime is also the best way to ensure that you won’t damage your sleep habit, so try to do that as well.

Pack Your Valuables Properly

If you’re worried about losing your valuables, make sure to secure them while in the vehicle. Wearing a small bag underneath your clothing can help secure your money and IDs. If you’re carrying other valuables, safely pack it inside a bag that you can stash safely away.

Bring Pillows

The seats on most vehicles aren’t comfortable even for sitting, so if you want to sleep on them, you should at least try to make them more comfortable. Pillows are the most portable items that can help you get comfortable, so, if you can, bring one to help you get some shuteye while on the road.

Stay Hydrated (If Possible)

As mentioned above, dehydration can make you even more tired, so it’s important to stay hydrated even while traveling. Doing so can be hard if you’re going to use public transportation, though.

To avoid the hassle, you can limit your liquid intake while on the road and opt to rehydrate well once you get to your destination. If your trip has scheduled stops, you should also take full advantage of them. Rehydrating about 45 to an hour before the stop can be a good way to make sure that you’ll be able to get your fill of fluids and still make it to a comfort room when your bladder neeeds it.

Take a Premium or Sleeper Bus (If Possible)

Lots of long haul destinations are now catered by Premium and sleeper buses. Due to the size of their seats, they can be comfortable eonough to sleep in. They can be the best options if you want to make the most out of your time. Unfortunately, they’re not the cheapest options, but if you can splurge anyway, your mode of transportation is always a good place to put your money in.

If your time off from work or school will involve a lot of traveling, keeping these in mind can come in handy. They can help minimize the number of hours of sleep you’ll lose over the holidays.