CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) What you bring into the bedroom might be hurting your chances of a good night’s sleep. Dr. Siegfried Haug is the author of ‘I Want to Sleep’ gave us tips to sleep no matter what.
Alcohol and Sleep:
- Alcohol in healthy people helps with faster and deeper initial sleep.
- Alcohol is a diuretic (so you wake up to pee.)
- Alcohol inhibits REM sleep and makes the brain deal with the drug effects rather than with personal issues that dreams are supposed to address.
- Hangovers can be tiring
Weight and Sleep:
- Weight inhibits moving and turning (necessary to restore circulation in compressed parts of the body.)
- Inhibits breathing (leading to severe snoring and dangerous apnea. Very disconcerting for sleep partner.)
Pets and Sleep:
- Pets provide considerable comfort (esp. for single people.) This usually overrides all other sleep considerations.
- You only sleep as well as the worst sleeper.
- Cats are nocturnal, so there goes your sleep.
- Pet’s territorial possessiveness plays havoc with couples.
- Pets and children have no business in your bedroom but are much more manipulative and insistent (for their selfish reasons) than their “owners”.
- Spouses, especially Women often give preference to pets and babies over their husband’s sleep needs.