Ever wonder why you sometimes sleep better in hotels? Provided the mattress is a comfy one, most hotels have one key thing in common: black out shades.
Those heavy drapes not only help keep out street noise, but also they block all light, giving your body the ideal environment for a good night's sleep.
Did you know that letting your little one have a nightlight could actually keep him from falling asleep?
Sometimes called the 'third eye,' the pineal gland is a small gland in your brain that notices light and dark to make melatonin. Melatonin is the hormone that regulates your circadian rhythms (your waking and sleeping patterns).
Besides helping you sleep at night, melatonin plays other roles in your body. It is an antioxidant that is linked to lower incidence of cancer and has been shown to boost immunity as much as vitamin C!1
The pineal gland needs darkness to produce the melatonin that tells your body it's time to sleep. Any light you receive at night can confuse your pineal gland and decrease your body's production of melatonin. That's why the heavy drapes in hotels keep you asleep longer.
Without adequate amounts of melatonin, you could be more prone to sleep disorders, lethargy, depression, disease, and weaken other systems in your body. If you have trouble sleeping, read: Sleeping Trouble? Discover Why Winter is the Ideal Time to Learn How to Sleep Right.
Removing all light in your room, even from electronics and alarm clocks, will help you get a good night's sleep. Sleep in complete darkness and wake up gently with the Zen Alarm Clock.
To naturally stimulate your body's production of melatonin, you need to maximize your exposure to natural sunlight during the day and maximize the darkness in your room at night. Since sleeping in a hotel room is not feasible for most of us, here are some practical tips for maximizing your melatonin production while staying in your own bed each night:
A good night's sleep is one of the secrets for keeping your body younger and healthier. It's an important way to create a happier and more productive tomorrow as well.
Remember, it takes time for your body to adjust to a new routine, but with these tips you'll soon be on your way to relaxing, restful sleep.
If you want an opportunity to absorb more sunlight this winter and want to comprehensively learn the most advanced and effective dietary and lifestyle program available, come to our upcoming Certified Body Ecologist training in Florida!
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