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Improve Your Sleep

Updated on March 3, 2017

This nation is sleep deprived. I sometimes have trouble sleeping through the night. According to Sleep Doctor and the author of The Power of When, Michael Breus, 79% of Americans sleep less than seven hours. He said that men sleep on an average of 5 hours and 45 minutes while women sleep on an average of 6 hours and 9 minutes. This is an alarming rate since the required hours of sleep is 8 hours. Doctor Oz and Breus gave us tips on how to improve one's sleep. These tips will help you break your bad habits.

According to Breus, taking 3 cups of coffee or less are not detrimental to one's sleep. It becomes a problem when a person takes 4 cups of coffee or more in a day. This is risky and it will affect your sleep. Alcohol intake can also be a factor to one's sleep. One glass or two glasses of wine is safe. You sleep better if you drink wine with food and not before your bedtime. If you will have a third glass of wine before bedtime, then it will disrupt your sleep.

Another factor that we should take into consideration is exercise. Many people don't exercise due to time constraints. If you can exercise for 20-25 minutes per day, you can increase your sleep to 14 minutes. According to Breus, quality of sleep is more important than the quantity.

An interesting fact that we often overlook is our dreams. These can tell more about our health and what our bodies are telling us. Psychologist Jennifer Heartstein revealed some interpretations of dreams that people encounter during bedtime.

One classic example of a dream is drowning. A member of the studio audience dreamed that she was submerged in water when it started to rain. According to Heartstein, this means that the lady is experiencing hormonal imbalance. Our hormones trigger emotions. It also signals being fearful and not speaking our minds. It also says that the person is overwhelmed by all the responsibilities. Heartstein advised that before we go to bed, we should meditate and take deep breathing exercises.

Another common dream that people have is being naked. If you dreamed that you are naked in front of people and no one seems to care, then it means that you're feeling anxious, exposed, and vulnerable.

Dr. Oz had a dream that he was on a beach. Then he found himself in a garden. In the garden, he saw a tiny castle. The beach symbolizes the material world while the garden tells him about rebirth and he is full of life. The castle signifies happiness and what's in store for him in the future.

There are two new gadgets that will aid you in your sleep. One is a sleep phone. It's like a headband that you put on your head. It's a headphone with built -in music such as Beethoven's sonatas, cricket sounds. It only costs $39.00. Another gadget is a hoodie pillow. It's like wearing a bonnet. The hoodie keeps everything dark while you rest your head on the pillow. It only costs $29.95.

We need a better quality of sleep. With these tips and advice, we can all be sure that we can get at least 8 hours of sleep. A good night's sleep can help us get through the day for the rest of our lives.

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