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It’s no secret anymore that good sleep is the key to a better life. You think better, feel better, look better, have more creative ideas, more bandwidth, deeper wisdom – and sometimes unicorns and rainbows magically appear. Just kidding about that last part! But all the other stuff is absolutely true. Still, a Gallup poll found that 40 percent of Americans get less than the recommended minimum of 7 hours of sleep each night.
Why do so many people struggle to sleep well on a daily basis? It might be because they work an alternate shift and have to sleep during the day when the rest of the world is awake. Or maybe they live near heavy traffic or under a flight path. Or super bright street lights illuminate their bedroom making it hard to sleep deeply.
Are you getting enough? The National Sleep Foundation recommends you take its Sleepiness Test to see if you’re more or less sleepy than the general population.
“Noise from the street or aircraft overhead can be disruptive to sleep, both because the noise may wake you up once you are already sleeping and it may distract you when you are trying to fall asleep,” Lauren Hale, an associate professor of preventive medicine in the Program in Public Health at Stony Brook University and the inaugural editor of the National Sleep Foundation’s new journal Sleep Health told Indow. “Also, light from outside can interfere with sleep by suppressing the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin. Especially for people who do shift work who sleep during the day, it is fairly important to reduce the influence of both outside noise and light on sleep.”