Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sleep Hygiene: It's more than a shower and clean PJs

I've mentioned before how important I'm finding adequate sleep since being in recovery mode. For most women getting to sleep and staying asleep becomes more of an issue as we age. There is now the belief that sleep deprivation can drive weight gain and the inflammatory process. Sleep hygiene, which includes a bedroom that feels like an oasis of rest can help tremendously.

Yesterday I put on our "winter bedding." This includes an animal friendly "sheepskin" mattress pad, soft, lofty fleece sheets and pillow cases and a warm cuddly fleece comforter. All are in shades of cream and taupe and so are as restful to the eyes as they are to the body. As I drifted off to sleep last night I was thinking that "this must be what it feels like to sleep in a cloud."

High quality bedding that is appropriate for the season is an investment but it's an investment that pays off big time.

I can't tell you what a difference good sleep hygiene can make in your life. You can access a PDF on the concept of sleep hygiene HERE.  You can find a printable sleep diary HERE.

Your challenge today is to take a good look at your sleep environment. What could you do to create more of an oasis of rest? Sweet Dreams!


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