Optimizing Your Sleep Environment: Banish Electronics and Embracing Darkness

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In the last episode we talked about sleep patterns. Sleep is vitally important, especially in today’s modern society. The advancements in technology have made it increasingly difficult for us to get proper rest, and our kids are falling into unhealthy sleep habits.

When I was a kid, staying up late meant reading books under a dim light or maybe watching some television before bedtime. But nowadays, we have countless electronic devices emitting blue light that disrupts our sleep. Many people have developed the bad habit of falling asleep while watching TV, thinking it helps them doze off.

But it’s just a habit, and a detrimental one at that. We need to instill good sleep habits, not only in ourselves but also in our children. So, let’s talk about creating a conducive sleep environment.

First and foremost, darkness is key. Our bodies are sensitive to light, not just our eyes but also our skin. Exposure to blue light from electronic devices affects our ability to fall asleep. That’s why it’s crucial to eliminate all sources of light from our bedrooms. Remove any electronics, cover LED lights with black electrical tape, and invest in blackout shades for your windows. We need a pitch-black room for optimal sleep.

Next, temperature plays a significant role in our sleep quality. Most people sleep best when the room is cool, ideally around 70 degrees Fahrenheit or even in the 60s. Adjust your thermostat accordingly or use fans to create a comfortable sleep environment.

Remember, we are human beings living in the 21st century. Our physiology hasn’t changed, but our environment certainly has. We need to adapt and prioritize our sleep to ensure we get the rest we need.

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