If you’re not sleeping well at night then you’re probably spending a lot of your days feeling irritable and wishing you had more energy. It’s not rocket science and you’ve probably heard it before – but getting high-quality sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your health. So, as a parent who regularly wakes through the night to attend to your child, what can you do to reduce the debilitating feeling of having your body’s natural rhythms interrupted? According to Dr Mercola, one thing you can do to dramatically improve the quality of your sleep is to sleep in total darkness.
Even the tiniest bit of light in your room, even just from your clock radio, can disrupt your circadian rhythms and your body’s production of melatonin and serotonin. These small amounts of light are enough to send a signal to your brain telling it that it’s time to wake up and start preparing for action.
So here’s what Dr Mercola recommends…
- Close your bedroom door
- Get rid of night-lights
- Refrain from turning on any light at all during the night, even when getting up to go to the bathroom
- Cover your clock radio and
- Cover your windows with blackout shades or drapes
I’m almost there. I no longer turn the bedside light on when Joshi wakes in the night. I put him on the potty and feed him in the dark. I’ve completely stopped pressing the button on the alarm clock which lights up and shows me the time. (After all, knowing how short it’s been since his last wake only reduced my peace of mind). All trips to the bathroom are made without turning on any lights. Basically all that’s missing is the blackout curtains. I’m keen to get them, especially since I’ve read some really positive reviews about how they can improve your sleep.
My only hesitation is I’m wondering how practical it’s really going to be, attending to Joshi several times through the night without so much as a glimmer of moonlight. Getting him on and off the potty without any spills could prove challenging.
Would love to hear from any of you with experience in blacking out … your room that is.
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