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4 Things You Can Do To Address Sleep Debt

May 13, 2019

What to do when you’re seriously behind on sleep

When you’re working hard to get ahead in your career, juggling the demands of a job and a household, studying into the small hours to get that degree, or simply ‘making more time’ in a day to get to all your must-dos, the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep a grown adult needs to function optimally can seem like a bit of a joke. Who has the time?

The thing is, our bodies don’t really care that we’re too busy to sleep. They do care that they don’t get sufficient time to repair muscles, organs and other cells. And aren’t given enough opportunity to circulate the chemicals that strengthen your immune system to stave off disease. After a while, this begins to show in the form of health consequences like depression and memory loss, as well as an increased propensity for diabetes, heart diseases and strokes.

In short - when you fall behind in sleep, your body notices and the results aren’t pretty. Fortunately, there are ways to address sleep debt that will assist you in getting back on a physiological even keel. This includes:

Grabbing A Power Nap

A 20-minute nap in the early afternoon when your circadian rhythm takes a natural dip is a great way to give your body some time to lower your heart rate and blood pressure and give your brain some well-deserved rest. TOP TIP: Try the coffee nap on for size - drink a cup of coffee right before your nap; the caffeine will kick in just as you get up, giving you a nice energy boost.

Reassessing Your Bedroom Situation

If you’re struggling to sleep once you get to bed, it might be time to address your sleeping sanctuary. Shop around for a comfortable mattress and breathable bedding; make sure your room is well-ventilated, cool and dark; and banish all screens from your room. The blue light emitted from cell phones, TVs and computer screens keeps the brain awake.

Scheduling Sleep Like A Meeting

You know what time you need to get up to get going with your day. Work backwards from that, ensuring that you get 8 solid hours of sleep. Schedule it in your diary, and stick to it like it’s a work meeting - no compromises. The difference in your productivity will be staggering.

Giving Supplements A Go

If you have some trouble falling and remaining asleep at night, it might be beneficial to look into natural supplements like tryptophan, melatonin, valerian, or chamomile root that are said to aid relaxation.

Keep an eye on the blog in the coming weeks and months as we share more expert insight into modern trends and ancient remedies that facilitate restorative rest. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to a member of the Bed King team for more info on our wide range of comfort-graded mattresses or, better yet, visit us in store to try out our Comfort Solutions Lab®!

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