Micromanaging Your Zzzzz
Micromanaging anything can be stressful and time consuming.
Since I am all about getting a good night sleep, I pay attention to articles that pop up in my newsfeed and have to do with sleep.
Hoping there is new insight in how to improve falling and staying asleep.
Last week I noticed a trend about micromanaging sleep.
As someone who has a hard time falling asleep, I consider any time I sleep a win.
Reading an article that states that just because you fall asleep quickly does not mean you are getting quality sleep is a bit of a head scratcher.
Another article I saw today was along the same lines. Not all sleep is quality sleep.
Getting into the details of feeling sleepy, even though you slept through the night.
What is Up?
Both of these articles lead you to a discussion about sleep dysfunctions, like sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea, if you don’t recall is where you have a difficult time breathing while you are asleep. In those cases, your sleep is not very restful.
Sleep apnea typically has to main sources; How you are physically put together, or from being overweight.
I remember first seeing a machine to help you get enough air while sleeping. It was included in the movie “Sleepless in Seattle”.
Meg Ryan’s character had a boyfriend with all kinds of hereditary ailments that he could not help, one of them was allergies.
He looked like a relatively fit guy so as a result, I thought people with severe allergies needed to use a machine to get enough oxygen while sleeping.
Since that movie came out, obesity has become part of even more people’s lives.
Sleep apnea machines have become more common.
I think helping people get better sleep by raising awareness of sleep apnea is the main motive behind these articles.
Unexpected Side Effect
There are unexpected side effects of articles like this. People, like myself, who suffer from anxiety may wind up fretting a little more.
One of the articles did mention anxiety, and they suggested meditation to help deal with the anxiety and sleep.
This backs up other articles and studies I have seen stating that meditation can improve sleep, when anxiety is getting in the way.
Understanding the intent of an article can help decide how much to apply to your own life.
If in doubt, look for more information. If possible, try to find a study to review and help you understand.
Have you read articles that go too far into the weeds, so the forest gets lost for the trees?
How do you back up again so you can see the trees?
Get in a little training and set yourself up for a better night of sleep. Cheers!!