Good Sleep Hygiene

With children in the house, a good night’s sleep can be a complete luxury. But why therefore, am I left unable to drop off to sleep whilst the children sleep soundly?

Several articles recently have piqued my interest about the effects of blue light on melatonin levels, integral to the body’s ability to sleep well.

Here is a link to a BBC article describing one of the latest published studiesHarvard Medical School e-book research.

So I began my own review of my ‘sleep hygiene’. I first reviewed a number of articles and recommendations. The most helpful I found was from the sleep council:

http://www.sleepcouncil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Get-a-Good-Nights-Sleep.pdf

I find my body is tired but my mind too alert. A symptom possibly of my current situation of being on maternity leave. So I have resolved to write much more regularly, even if it is only briefly in the form of a personal journal. This will help to both use my mind and clear it of worries, doubts and niggles.

Secondly I am terrible for using the ipad or my iphone right up until crawling into bed. How can I ask my body and mind to settle, when it is still receiving such data? So these will be put away at least an hour before bed to remove any bluelight disruption to my body clock.

With any luck this will only leave the unpredictability of waking children!

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