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Your Bill of (Sleeping) Rights!
Love it or loathe it, holiday travel will soon be upon us. This means packing up petulant pre-schoolers , testy teens and perhaps even grouchy grandparents. This travel period is full of stressors from the airport to the resort and all of them can impact your weight, your health and especially your sleep. According to Sleepy’s consultant Debi Silber, the Mojo Coach® there is a basic “Bill of (Sleeping) Rights” to adhere to that will have you sleeping like a baby on your next trip!
- You have the right to freedom from stress! Don’t turn your dream vacation into an overscheduling nightmare! Silber says the goal is “consistent-zzzs” you don’t want to sleep too little or too much – sleeping less than six hours per night or more than nine hours may double your risk of angina, coronary artery disease, heart attack and stroke.
- You have the right to bear alarms Or any other items from home that help you achieve healthful sleep. This can mean anything from melatonin or your favorite tea to your children’s “blankey,” pillow or anything else that brings about a sense of familiarity to encourage more restful sleep.
- You have the right to assembly of healthy dishes that will help your body combat cortisol (the stress hormone) which tells our body to prepare for “battle” therefore depriving us of the sleep we crave while at home or on vacation. Eliminate medication and supplements such as stimulants, sugar and caffeine as well as unhealthy fats, which promote inflammation and the release of stress hormones again preventing quality sleep. Also, any food that you’re sensitive or allergic to (gluten, dairy, nuts, etc.) Certain medications, over-supplementing or taking the wrong supplements can also put the body under extra stress. Adds Silber, “This is especially true for seniors who need to check and double check medications before taking trips.”
- No cruel or unusual punishment! This can come in the form of too much light in the room, too much noise or any other interruptions which prevent the release of norepinephrine which tells the brain to make melatonin which helps us sleep. When we’re healthy, we feel energized in the morning and eventually get tired at night. A disruption in this rhythm leads to sleep disturbances. Stress and high cortisol levels disrupt our circadian rhythm as well as jet lag, time zone changes and shift work.
- You have the right to life and liberty! According to Silber, “this right gives you the permission to do things for a lifetime of healthy sleep starting right now” including:
Unpack and put your things away (yes even for unkempt teens!) A messy, disorganized space can prevent restful sleep. Keeping your room neat and organized can create a greater sense of calm and peace leading to better sleep.
Eat small meals throughout the day thereby eliminating late night eating which results from crash in blood sugar during the night.
If you or your family already has some sleep issues, try incorporating sleep aids” such as using headphones to listen to white noise, a guided meditation, soothing music or whatever will help encourage restorative sleep.
Love the bed you are sleeping in on vacation? Testing hotel beds is one of the best ways to determine if you have the proper bed for you and your family members at home.
Note the name of the mattress and look for it at a site such as www.sleepys.com when you get home.
Bright, stimulating colors can impact sleep too. Take a look at the room online before you book your hotel to be sure the colors feel calming to you.
Keep the temperature around 68 degrees for a great night’s sleep.