Resetting Your Brain for a Better Night’s Sleep

There are specific brain structures and chemicals that produce the states of sleeping and waking.  Everyone has an internal clock that helps the brain regulate a daily rhythm.

An internal clock becomes a part of you during the first months of your life. It controls your body temperature, blood pressure, and release of hormones as well as the daily ups and downs of a person’s biological pattern.

This daily rhythm gives people the desire to sleep the most between the hours of midnight and dawn, and sometimes in the midafternoon. Studies have shown that when researchers instruct a group of people to stay awake for 24 hours, many fell asleep despite their best efforts to stay awake. The researchers found that the unplanned naps were taken around 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. and between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Although many people sleep during the night because of the circadian or daily rhythm, many people who work on weekdays nap in the afternoon on weekends. Many societies take naps in the afternoon which is actually a norm. A 10-20-minute cat nap can actually be very helpful to get a good energy boost. Another thing to try is taking a one to two hour afternoon nap which can help you get a shorter night’s sleep if you are sleeping too much during the night.

Craftmatic® Adjustable Beds equipped with optional heat and massage, may provide temporary relief of low back pain, minor aches and pains due to muscular fatigue or overexertion, edema or swelling of the legs, poor local blood circulation of the legs, symptoms of hiatus hernia, symptoms of gastric reflux, nighttime heartburn. The optional heating accessory provides temporary relief from mild arthritis and joint pain, as well as muscle pain associated with stress and tension. Sleeping in an upright position may reduce or ease light and occasional snoring.

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