For the month of January, I will be focusing on two problems near and dear to my heart – one is sleep – the other, you will find out about tomorrow.
We are all sleep deprived – there’s no doubt about it. Dr. Oz recommends getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night. I’m assuming that’s uninterrupted. I’m very lucky if I get 5 hours a night and it’s a broken sleep. I’ve had issues sleeping since I was born. I was more interested in playing all night. In my 20’s and 30’s, I would stay out late and work early in the morning. Now, it’s hard to get out of that cycle and get a good night’s rest.
To get started on my path to a better night’s sleep, I took Dr. Oz’s Sleep Quiz http://www.doctoroz.com/quiz/dr-oz-s-sleep-quiz. My score was 67%, but some of the questions were about % of sleep deprived Americans – so I don’t feel that badly about my low score.
Some of the recommendations that I found in a video interview of Dr. Oz were:
-Sleep in a dark room (I do)
-Your room should be cool (I’ll try this)
-Wear loose fitting clothing (Does he think that we are all falling into bed wearing club clothes? Done!)
-Deal with noise issues AKA make sure your room is quiet (I’ll turn off my humidifier)
-Turn your digital clock away from you (I’ll do this – I’m a clock watcher)
He also recommends getting out of bed after 15 minutes if you aren’t falling asleep and doing something quiet (no TV or computers). This will be hard since my clock won’t be facing me and technically, I shouldn’t know if 15 minutes have passed, but I’ll give it a try. It takes 21 days to develop a habit – I’ll keep you posted on my progress and other tips and tricks that the “Whiz-ard” recommends on the quest for a good night’s sleep.