Sleep is hugely important. Without sleep, we simply would cease to function. Without sleep, life can even become difficult – impossible – to sustain. After all, it is sleep that heals our bodies. Sleep that grows the brain. Sleep that gives us the energy to get going the next day.
Sleep is even important for matters of brain development. For very young babies and children, extra sleep is needed to do just that. For newborn babies, for example, up to eighteen hours of sleep a day is not uncommon, and such young infants typically sleep no less than ten and a half hours a day. For little ones so small, all of their energy must go into the matter of growing, and so sleep becomes more important than ever.
However, sleep remains important past the baby years. In childhood and during the teen years, sleep also holds an important role, as such people in these age ranges are still growing and developing. In fact, most people don’t realize that you brain is not fully developed until you reach an age of twenty five or so, give or take a few months. Up through this point, sleep is essential for healthy brain growth.
But sleep is still crucial for the adult population, for whom it is recommended that up to nine hours of sleep be gotten per night, and no less than seven hours of sleep. Unfortunately, getting enough sleep is not common among the adult population of the United States, many of whom are perpetually sleep deprived and operating in this way on a day to day basis.
There are many reasons why this becomes the case. For one, there are simply too many responsibilities to take care of over the course of a single day. From family life to work life to maintaining some semblance of a social life to ensuring that your home is clean and inviting, it can be an utterly exhausting way to go about life.
And once many adults do finally get to bed, they find it difficult to actually go to sleep. Insomnia to varying extents is far from uncommon here in the United States and it can have a considerable impact not only on the physical health of any given person, but on their mental health as well. Fortunately, there are a number of ways that insomnia can be combated.
For one, getting comfortable and clean is essential to ensuring a good night of sleep. In fact, up to seventy five percent of the adult population here in the United States claim to sleep better if they sleep on sheets that smell fresh. Washing your sheets on a regular basis with your favorite detergent can help to ensure that this is always the case.
The pajamas you wear matter too. White cotton pajamas, for instance, are incredibly comfortable for many people. White cotton pajamas, if said white cotton pajamas are made from one hundred percent cotton, will allow the skin to breathe. Therefore, wearing white cotton pajamas is less likely to lead you to overheat in the middle of the night, something that can disrupt sleep considerably.
But there are many other pajamas aside from white cotton pajamas, though many people find white cotton pajamas to be at the peak of comfort. However, white cotton pajamas might not be ideal for some parts of the year if you live in a climate where the winters are particularly cold. Instead of white cotton pajamas, you can wear a flannel Victorian nightgown, a flannel white Victorian nightgown, or other such ladies nightgowns. When it comes to the pajamas that you wear, the options are nearly limitless.
On top of going to bed in comfortable attire and sleeping on highly comfortable and clean sheets, practicing proper sleep hygiene is essential to getting a good night of sleep. Proper sleep hygiene dictates that you should not be engaged with any screens before going to bed. This means that your phone, laptop and television should all be turned off at least thirty minutes before you try to go to sleep and instead you should engage in an activity that promotes relaxation in a way that screens often and mostly do not.