How you sleep has a lasting effect on the quality of life. After a really deep and restful sleep, you feel good all round and like a new person. You wake up with more energy and full of motivation and the day can begin.
However, how “well” you sleep is by far not only dependent on how long you sleep. Which factors affect our hormones and are essential for a deep and restful sleep is explained by the so-called TLG formula, which we will deal with in this article.
Temperature: restful sleep
The right room temperature is incredibly important for a good night’s sleep. We do not sleep really restful until we get into the deeper sleep phases.
However, if it is too warm in the room, the body overheats during sleep and it is difficult to get into the deeper sleep phases.
Therefore, everything outside your own blanket should be relatively cool, so that the body has to use its own energy to warm itself and the bed, or to keep itself warm.
The most restful sleep is at a room temperature of 16-18°C. This can be easily achieved, specially in the cooler seasons, by airing the room properly just before going to bed and letting fresh air into the room.
Noises: deep sleep
Many people sleep with the window facing the street, or have other disturbing noises in their sleeping environment. Some also deliberately leave their TV on because they feel it makes it easier to fall asleep.
But these constant noises make the mind feel that there is still a lot going on in the environment and that dangerous situations can arise.
That is why the body is constantly kept on alert in a busy sleeping environment. Therefore, if possible, make sure you are absolutely asleep. Your body will thank you the next morning.
For those of you who live in a noisy and active environment, there are two alternatives to sleep deeper and to put the disturbing noises into perspective.
The first option is to use ear plugs, which are specially designed for sleeping. If you don’t like this, you can alternatively play rain sounds or so-called white noise over your loudspeakers.
The rain sounds or white noise relativize the noise and allow you to sleep well despite your surroundings.
Light: fall asleep faster
Our body orients itself to the light in its environment and the position of the sun when it comes to getting tired and getting ready for sleep.
Therefore, light is the most important of the three aspects of the TLG formula. We should set up our sleeping environment as dark as possible. A rule of thumb is that you should not be able to see your own hand in front of your face.
That’s it from me on the subject of “deep sleep” and the TLG formula. I hope this article has raised your awareness of your sleeping environment and will help you find the best mattress to buy and to optimize your sleep in the future.
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