A good night's sleep
Posted on 28th February 2018 at 15:14
We all know the benefits of a good night's sleep but how do we manage to get one?
You really don't need me to tell you how important a good night's sleep is and I'm sure you are also well conversant with the myriad ways you can prepare yourself to get one (warm bath, eating supper before 7pm, avoiding caffeine, switching off devices at least one hour before bedtime etc etc). If only life were that simple. There are so many reasons for not sleeping well and the problem is often exacerbated by worrying about well, not sleeping well.
A couple of years ago my alarm clock broke and I decided not to replace it because my mobile phone has an alarm setting which I can programme for various wake up times on different days - so convenient.
Now it would be fair to say that I can sleep on a clothes line (or at least I used to be able to) and I'm not a big social media fan tempted to trawl Facebook in the wee small hours, yet as time went on I found my sleep was getting less restful and refreshing. I stuck with it for almost 2 years as I'm a big believer in the 'less is more' approach and I couldn't see the point in buying another clock. I was never tempted to go online if I woke up in the night but found it oh so easy to check my emails and texts immediately on waking. The downside of that was being immediately in work mode before I'd even had a shower or walked the dog and by default my work day got longer and relaxation time shorter and that isn't conducive to a balanced routine.
Something had to change and after doing a bit of research I bought a Lumie bodyclock (or to give it it's full name a * Lumie Bodyclock Starter 30 Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Sunrise and Sunset Features). It took me a few days to fully get the hang of the functions and controls but once I did and had banished my mobile from the bedroom I was back to sleeping like a baby in no time.
The Lumie I have (there are many different options) is a Certified Medical device (class 1) and is designed to awaken the body with a natural, gradually brightening light to help you feel refreshed, alert and energised all day. Light cues the body to produce more cortisol, setting a healthy sleep/wake cycle, aiding early mornings and beating winter blues (so the blurb goes).
The reason I'm bringing it to your attention is that the * Lumie Bodyclock Starter 30 is currently on sale at £39.99 as opposed to the £59.95 that I paid back in August last year. I've given it a good go and can honestly say that even at the higher price it was a very good investment. My mobile now stays out of reach until I've got out of bed, had a shower, walked the dog and eaten breakfast and I feel so much better for it.
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