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The Great Sleep Heist: Why the Sandman May Be Dodging You

We’ve all experienced it: lying awake in bed with pitch-dark conditions and the anticipation of drifting off into dreamland, but instead tossing and turning like pancakes on a griddle! Before getting angry with our alarm clocks or trying to force ourselves back to sleep again, let’s investigate potential reasons that may be keeping you from drifting off peacefully.

The Late-Night Netflix Binge

A late-night binge of your favorite series on Netflix can be an enticing treat, particularly when its plot twists are more intricate than spaghetti! We may convince ourselves that just “one more episode” won’t hurt; but your body has other ideas: artificial light from screens interferes with melatonin production – the hormone responsible for sleep-wake cycles.

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So while your attention may be focused on an exciting cliffhanger scene, your sleep could be falling over its own precipice into restlessness.

The Invisible Intruder: EMF 

Our world today is both virtual and physical at once; both provide electromagnetic fields (EMFs). At night, when you’re fast asleep and peacefully resting your eyes, tiny waves produced by devices such as smartphones, tablets, or Wi-Fi routers are throwing an invisible party of their own – inviting not just you but also your brain into it all!

Blushield EMF protection can help ensure that you sleep peacefully by blocking electromagnetic fields which have the power to disrupt your sleep pattern, leaving you staring at the ceiling while your mind jumps up and down with excitement. EMF exposure may leave you waking up feeling more like an unresponsive zombie than human. 

Your Bedroom Chaos 

A sanctuary of serenity and peace should be the bedroom; yet if it resembles more like an apocalyptic movie scene than a place conducive to sleep, we may have found the culprit: Piles of clothing playing “lava”, unread books turning your nightstand into the Leaning Tower of Pisa or your work laptop giving the ‘you have work pending’ stare from bed are all contributing to an environment full of stress and distraction that sends your brain into fight-flight mode instead of sleep mode – in order to restore sleep you may need to reclaim your bedroom first (Marie Kondo can help!). 

The Midnight Munchies

Refrigerator, pantry, and fridge – your late-night gourmet havens! People often believe that drinking warm milk or snacking on leftover pie will put them to sleep easily; unfortunately, this belief can become an addiction and make sleeping impossible! But the reality is much different!

It’s a trap.

Late-night snacking on sugary or fatty foods, in particular, can cause indigestion and heartburn, much like inviting a rock band into your stomach while trying to sleep – you will likely wake up with dreams filled with melodies of “Acid Reflux in E Minor”.

Increased blood sugar levels may interfere with your body’s production of melatonin, the essential sleep hormone. So the next time you find yourself raiding the kitchen at midnight, remember: feeding dreams rather than stomachs should be your focus!

Sleep is too precious a commodity to let slip away unnecessarily, and insomnia shouldn’t be blamed on fate or that loud neighborhood dog alone. By making some small adjustments in your daily habits, it may help bring the Sandman back in your life and restore restful nights of slumber! Sweet dreams!

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