It’s been a busy few weeks as the school year comes to a close. As my stress level has increased, I have focused on ways to help myself relax when I get home. One of the best ways I destress is by reading. As SLPs, educators, parents, anyone- we are all too familiar with sleep deprivation. Over the last couple of weeks, I read a book called “The Sleep Revolution” by Arianna Huffington. Yes- Huffington, as in The Huffington Post. Though just the title of this book might be enough to make your eyes droop, it was extremely fascinating! It really has helped me think about the importance of sleep and make small, but important changes to better my sleep. It is filled with history, facts, and answers to common sleep questions, while also providing tips to improve sleep, even including an appendix of meditations and helpful apps. Sleep is the foundation of our very existence!
Here are some of facts and tips shared in this book:
- Cut off caffeine after 2pm
- Sleep is intertwined with every aspect of brain health
- Poor sleep leads to poor memory, and remembering things that didn’t really happen!
- Those who sleep 7 hours or less per night are more likely to come down with a cold than those who sleep 8 hours or more
- Drowsy driving is as big of a problem as drunk driving
- Through dreaming we can solve problems, and often have some of our best ideas!
- Make sleep a priority-schedule it on your calendar like you would anything else
- Take technology out of the bedroom! It emits blue light that can suppress melatonin and affect sleep.
- The optimal sleeping temperature is between 60-66 degrees
- Exercise helps sleep- no matter the time you can fit it in
- Reduce food intake 2-3 hours before bed time and avoid spicy foods which can cause heartburn and bloating
I could go on and list tons more facts and ideas, but instead, I will leave it up to you to read the book! This one is truly worth it, whether you have sleep problems or not. What books have you read lately or plan to read this summer? Happy reading!