Most Americans do not get enough quality sleep, which is arguably the most influential health factor, even more so than diet and exercise. Sleep deprivation for even just one night has disastrous physical and mental health effects.
To maximize the regenerative benefits of sleep, it is often recommended that we sleep in complete darkness. Some people go to great lengths to achieve this, including taping aluminum foil over their bedroom windows. (This was too much for me, as I love to see the morning sun and actually look out the window once in a while.)
I had some challenges with this. We live in the suburbs and have street lights shine in our windows as well as the pre-emptive night lights in the hallway and bathroom for the kiddo.
Since my medical emergency this Spring, I’ve had sleep issues. No problem falling asleep, but waking up very early and not being able to fall back asleep. I’ve read countless articles on sleep hygiene and have established the bedtime routine, eliminated afternoon caffeine consumption, removed all electronics from the bedroom, turned down my artificial lights in the evening and installed F.lux on the computer. The blackout eluded me though, until I had an epiphany.
Yes, those cutesy things the housewives on TV always wear. I never knew anyone who had ever used them. They were utterly foreign to me.
I received one as a freebie many months ago and promptly put in in a drawer and forgot about it. I discovered it during a recent round of decluttering and the light bulb went on (or off?! LOL) that this just might help me sleep better. Why not give it a go? So I did.
And it worked – really well!
I was stunned. How could I have missed out on this for so long?! Who knew?!