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Sunday, June 21, 2015

4 Things You Should Never Do in the Bedroom

4 Things You Should Never Do in the Bedroom
Isn't a bedroom made for sleeping? And, of course, intimacy. So why do so many people use the bedroom for all sorts of other activities? The fact is that many of those activities will interfere with getting a good night's sleep.

How your body prepares for sleep

Your body prepares for sleep by producing the hormone melatonin which naturally creates a sleep mode. But, here are 4 activities you should stop immediately because they interfere with this process and rob you of valuable sleep.

#1 - Watch TV: Almost everyone these days has a TV in their bedroom and watch it at night when they are in bed. One instructor of psychiatry and a member of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine program at the University of Pennsylvania explains that TV programs are not relaxing but are a distraction that interferes with the slower breathing and heart rate that occurs to prepare you for sleep.

#2 - Work: If you are one of those people to take their laptop to bed and continue working, you are telling your brain that the bedroom is no longer for sleeping and disturb the brain's natural tendency to relax and prepare you for sleep, according to Harvard's Division of Sleep Medicine.

#3 - Cell phone texting: Many people do not shut off their cell phones when they go to bed but continue to send and receive text messages. Those wavelengths of light emitting from your cell phone will hinder the natural release of sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, making it more difficult to fall asleep.

#4 - Sleep with a pet: You may think it's cute and cuddly, but the presence of your furry pet will create disturbances that will interfere with your ability to fall and stay asleep.

Why sleep is so important

Sleep plays an important role in your physical health. It promotes healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.

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