At Sleep Outfitters, we find the subject of sleep infinitely interesting. Those who sleep well are generally healthier, happier individuals. Those who don’t are usually looking for ways to get more sleep. Following are three disparate takes on improving sleep.
He’ll bore you to sleep
Writer Drew Ackerman authors a podcast at sleepwithmepodcast.com designed to put you to sleep. The podcast is performed, according to website credits, by Dearest Scooter, likely Ackerman’s pseudonym. Scooter, or his guests, deliver a boring, approximately 50-minute narrative in a droning voice that sounds as if it would either drive one crazy or bring on the desired lassitude.
“A lulling, droning, boring bedtime story to distract your racing mind,” reads the website’s headline. “Sleep With Me is a bedtime story designed to take your mind off of the racing thoughts that keep you awake at night. As you listen you will find yourself distracted from your worries and drifting off into dreamland, due to the fact the story gets a little bit more boring with each passing minute.”
The website says that, if you struggle with insomnia or getting a good night’s sleep, you’ve found the right podcast. After listening to an episode featuring the host’s “neighbor,” Ray Perkins, a California theme park aficionado, rambling on about the Cali-
fornia Adventure theme park, we believe it. Because we listened at work, we could only tune in for a few minutes, as drowsiness began to set in almost immediately.
The George Castanza desk
According to You Tube, the episode was entitled “The Nap,” and it aired during Seinfeld’s eighth season. Character George Castanza had a bed built beneath his desk in the front office of Yankee Stadium so he could sneak naps during work hours.
While George’s aim was to get out of work, there are those who think an afternoon nap makes employees more productive. Companies such as Ben & Jerry’s, Zappos, Nike, The Huffington Post and NASA all employee nap rooms for brief, restorative naps.
Perhaps some of these companies took note in September 2015 when Greece’s Studio NL introduced the Nap Desk. A simple Google search produces pictures of the desk that could have been inspired by George Castanza. It was, however, inspired by tired students.
“It was an inspiration that came from exhausting working hours of my classmates that did not have an apartment close to the university,” the designer Athanasia Leivaditou said in an interview with A’Design Award & Competition, as reported by the New York Daily News on Sept. 21, 2015.
Like Castanza’s invention, the white lacquered wood desk sports a mattress and pillow, but this one also includes a video screen. We had to wonder at the video screen, since it doesn’t seem conducive to napping. The desk top is designed to slide so that one colleague can work up top while another sleeps below.
Interesting concept, but a year later we have not been able to find one for sale.
Sleep naked. Sleep better
Naturopathic doctor and author Natasha Turner says in a 2013 Huffington Post blog that it is sad that just 10 percent of Americans sleep in the nude, since there are so many benefits to the practice, such as sleeping better due to the cooling of one’s body temperature.
Our body temperatures naturally cool down of an evening so we can sleep. Anything that helps with that cool-down process (sleeping nude, a cool bedroom) also helps us get to sleep and sleep better throughout the night.
Sleeping in a room with the temperature between 60 and 67 degrees is optimal for good sleep, according to Dr. Christopher Winter, Medical Director of Charlottesville Neurology & Sleep Medicine.
Website simplemost.com offers four reasons for sleeping in a cool room.
One, you fall asleep sooner if your body isn’t wasting energy trying to regulate its temperature.
Two, your quality of sleep is better. The website sites an Australian study which found that cool bedroom temperatures can help with certain types of insomnia.
Three, look younger. Sleep helps with the production of melatonin, an excellent anti-aging hormone.
Four, it decreases risk of diabetes and other metabolic diseases. A four-month American Diabetes Association study found that cool-room sleeping (66 degrees) allows the body to increase its amount of “brown fat,” the good fat that helps your body burn calories.
Other tips for cool sleeping, according to simplemost.com, include:
. Freeze your top sheet and put it on right before bedtime.
. Freeze a stuffed animal and tuck it between your knees.
. Use a fan to circulate air around the room.
. Purchase a cooling pillow to help naturally draw the heat away.
. Soak your top sheet in cold or ice water and ring out well. As it dries, it will help wick away heat.
. Stick one or both feet out from under the covers.
If you have a sleeping problem, resolve to sleep better in the new year. If you think the problem rests (pun intended) with your mattress, see us at Sleep Outfitters for a sleep assessment, so we can fit you with the right mattress for you. If you suspect your sleep problem is due to medical reasons, by all means, see a physician.
But maybe better sleep is as simple as listening to a boring podcast, shedding your PJs or just turning down the thermostat.
We all sleep. Why not sleep well?
For more information, contact:
Greg McGraw, Territory Sales Manager
Innovative Mattress Solutions (Sleep Outfitters & Mattress Warehouse)
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