Most of us aren't willing to make any changes to our bedtime routine — even if we're being unsafe. We all have at least one electric fan, and most of us have those fans perched next to the bed. Flipping that switch brings the familiar gust of air to send us into a restful slumber. Experts, however, are saying that these fans are far more chilling than we thought... and we aren't talking about the temperature. Let’s get into it.
7 - 9 hours per night... yeah, right!
Sleep — we all need it, though most of us rarely get enough. The morning after a night of tossing and turning, you feel drained, unmotivated, and exhausted. But getting a long night's sleep is essential to our survival. The average adult needs between 7 and 9 hours of z’s per night to function at their healthiest. So when we finally rest our heads on that pillow, it’s important that we’re getting top-quality winks. After all, you need to give your brain enough time to let the magic happen...
Better sleep, better life
You see, a lot happens in your brain once you've achieved an ideal level of restfulness. Your brain's synapses fire faster, and your overall health improves. And when you're feeling strong and energized, you're generally able to enjoy life a little more than someone who slacks on sleep. But what about those who find turning in to be a tiresome challenge? Yes, for so many people, a good night's sleep isn't as easy as counting a few sheep. We all have different nightly routines, but some are more unusual than others.
Everyone's sleep routine is different
For some people, the sleeping conditions need to be just so in order for them to drift off. Some people need pitch blackness, total silence, and layers and layers of blankets. Others require a soft level of constant noise, such as a white noise machine, an open window, or even a podcast, plus a light source, such as a night light. A cocktail of sleep medication can often be found in people's medicine cabinets, too. Even then, there's one variable that can throw everything off.
Are you too hot to sleep?
A hot bedroom can ruin a perfectly good night's sleep. You don't need to be experiencing menopause or be ill in any way to get night sweats. Most of the time, when we wake up drenched in sweat, it isn't because we've had a terrible nightmare, but because our bedrooms became saunas overnight! Our bodies had to sweat profusely while we slept in order to regulate our body temperature. Thankfully, tossing and turning atop the covers on a windless night is usually curbed by one widely used product.