Mood, Positivity and Sleep
You probably know from firsthand experience, just how damaging a lack of sleep can be to your mood and positivity, whether it is to your husband, children, or co-workers when we don't get enough sleep, everything and everybody suffers. And your patience, perhaps already thread-bare from stress, now nears its breaking point.
Harvard Medical School on Sleep
Harvard Medical School at: Sleep and Mood affirms that it's not just all in your head either.
Harvard reports that studies have shown that when people were reduced to 4.5 hours sleep for just one week, their rate of anger, sadness, feelings of stress and mental exhaustion went way up. While at the end of the study and they returned to normal sleep, their mood returned to normal.
The Harvard article also quoted a sleep specialist at Harvard, Dr. Lawrence Epstein as saying, "There's a big relationship between psychiatric and psychological problems and sleep. So people who are depressed or have anxiety often have trouble with sleep as part of those disorders."
Psychology Today on Sleep and Mood
Psychology Today at: The Effects of Sleep Loss on Mood echoes the Harvard article, and says, in essence, one bad night's sleep can put a tremendous damper on your mood. Besides the sense of impatience, hostility, anger and mental exhaustion, studies show that people are rather likely to respond negatively when events do not go well for them, even minor setbacks such as a poor grade on a term paper or a note from your boss to rework a project.
Medical News Today on Sleep
Finally, Medical News Today at: Stress and Sleep reports that the sleep problem is a double edge sword. Not only does lack of sleep cause us to be less resilient to day-to-day stress, but stress in their daily life causes thousands of hours of tossing and turning and being unable to sleep.
Ways to Sleep Soundly
You'd think, with sleep being so important to people, and so many people having sleep problems, that they would teach you in school how to sleep better, in particular since not getting enough sleep is blamed, by some educators, as to why students have difficulty learning.
Never the less, there are many methods known to help, and which can turn sleep time from a chore to a pleasure.
Some simple but great advice to ensure you are getting a good deep sleep is:
*1 A Great Bed
A good, comfortable bed can give you the feeling you are sleeping in a 4-star motel instead of at home. And you needn't spend thousands either. Many different mattresses exist to help you sleep well, some suggestions; natural latex mattress, or memory foam are both great long lasting comfort. These beds are extremely comfortable, keep your spine aligned, have superior resistance to being awakened by your bed partner at night, are cool, and allergy-free.
*2 Get Sunlight to adjust your body to circadian rhythms
Thousands of years ago, 99 percent of the population spent the majority of their day working in the sun. Nowadays, most people who live in industrialized societies spend the vast majority of their time indoors. By getting as much as a half-hour per day of additional sunlight, you can train your body to adjust to the circadian rhythms that support sleep.
*3 Less Blue Light
At the same time, not only are we getting less sunlight, but we stare at television screens, computer screens, and cell phones constantly, which emit a form of blue light that tends to inhibit sleep. Consider cutting down by a half-hour, or shutting down everything an hour before bedtime.
*4 Lay off the Caffeine, Food and Alchohol at Night
Caffeine, alcohol, and food are all stimulants which can keep you awake.
Want more? The Healthline article has 9 other great tips to help you sleep like a baby.