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How’s Your Night Sleep Going?

February 26, 2011

Last night I had the worst night sleep ever. Cosmo, the amazing tax dog, got sick in the middle of the night then was restless the remaining hours until dawn where he was then, fast asleep. Since I was tossing and turning so much I decided to watch some TV. You know those shows I taped since I’m at the office from early morning till late at night…yeah we call that tax season! LOL So I watched one of my favorite tween soaps “The Vampire Diaries.” My secret desire has always been to be a vampire, simply because I hate the aging process…so I really like the show. Watching the show didn’t help me sleep it kept me watching more TV until I did nod off until the alarm sounded and I jumped into the shower half asleep. If you are having trouble sleeping, you are probably well acquainted with the basic recommendations for sound sleep…

  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol too close to bedtime.
  • Avoid nicotine.
  • Take a warm bath or shower just before turning in.
  • Get regular exercise and eat a whole-some diet.
  • Avoid sources of stress late in the evening.

If insomnia persists despite your best efforts to follow these strategies, the culprit could be your bedroom. Here is how to set up your “sleep environment” for a restful night of sleep…

  • Make sure your home is secure. You will sleep better knowing your family is secure.
  • Choose bedroom decor carefully. Colors of nature are especially conducive to sleep. So are paintings of landscapes and family photos taken on a favorite trip.
  • Bedroom office trap. Looking at stacks of bills or other paperwork makes it hard to fall asleep.
  • Eliminate light pollution. The easiest way to keep light from disturbing your sleep is to wear light-blocking eye-shades.
  • Silence environmental noise. Any sound louder that 70 decibels (the equivalent to a dripping faucet) is disruptive to sleep.
  • Low-cost white-noise generator. A bedside radio tuned between stations to static; alternatively, you can play compact discs containing recorded nature sounds.
  • Keep your bedroom cool. An overheated bedroom can set off the body’s wake-up call in the middle of the night. Best temp is 65 degrees, fahrenheit.
  • Maintain ideal humidity. Most people sleep best when relative humidity stays between 60% and 70%.
  • Buy the best mattress you can afford. Nuff said about that one.
  • Mattress maintenance. Once a month rotate the mattress and flip the mattress.
  • Pick good sheets and bedclothes. Nothing is worse than scratchy sheets.
  • Avoid over soft pillows. People often pick pillows that are too soft to provide proper support for the head and neck.
  • Don’t be a clock-watcher. The last thing you want during the wee hours is a visible reminder of how much sleep you’re losing.

And if none of that works come on in for some tax talk as GAI (www.gunwel.com) takes appointments all around the clock. If income tax or any other financial issue is keeping you awake at night come on in and talk with us. Gunwel Tax & Bookkeeping Service is here to help. Call us at 212-979-6830 or stop by for a visit. We can help! See you soon.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. February 21, 2013 6:12 pm

    Nice! This post is really great.

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