LifestyleEmbracing Scandinavian Sleeping Method to Combat Rising Sleep Issues

Embracing Scandinavian Sleeping Method to Combat Rising Sleep Issues

The Scandinavian method of sleeping is gaining popularity.
The Scandinavian method of sleeping is gaining popularity.
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12:09 PM EDT, March 27, 2024

Rest at night is crucial for our well-being. Recent research reveals that many adults rarely wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day. A potential solution is the Scandinavian method of sleeping, which is becoming increasingly popular for its benefits.

We spend about one-third of our lives asleep, making sleep quality pivotal for our brain function, physical health, and relationships.

A US News & World Report report found that over 20% of adults "rarely or never" wake up feeling rested. This survey, involving 1,200 adults, uncovered that 43% experienced insomnia in 2023, while 17% self-reported having sleep apnea.

What leads to sleep disturbances?

Factors such as the rising cost of living, health concerns, experiences of violence, climate change, and uncertain political climates negatively impact sleep. A 2022 study echoed these findings, adding the Russian-Ukrainian conflict as a significant sleep disruptor before recent escalations in military actions by Hamas and conflicts in Israel.

Work stress, relationship issues, irregular bedtimes, pre-sleep phone use, heavy meals before bed, falling asleep with the TV on, consumption of caffeine or alcohol before bedtime, and insufficient natural daylight also contribute to poor sleep quality.

Embracing "sleeping the Scandinavian way"

A third of study participants said they sleep in separate beds from their partner due to issues like snoring or restless sleeping and differing sleep preferences. Here, the Scandinavian method, adopted by a third of couples, shines. It involves using two separate duvets, allowing individual temperature control and material choice, thus eliminating nighttime disputes over bedding coverage and enhancing sleep comfort.

Dr. Shelby Harris of Sleepopolis in New York highlights that better sleep can reduce stress and enhance relationships.

Improving sleep quality

Improving sleep involves several lifestyle and environmental changes. Consistent sleep and wake times help regulate your internal clock.
Ensure your bedroom is quiet, dark, and cool, with the use of blackout curtains, eye masks, or earplugs if necessary. A comfortable bed and suitable bedding are crucial.

Limit blue light exposure before bedtime by avoiding screens and relaxing pre-sleep routines like meditation, deep breathing, or reading. Avoid caffeine and alcohol close to bedtime, stay active during the day, and watch your diet, especially evening meals.

If sleep problems persist and affect your daily life, seek medical advice. They might indicate underlying health issues. Finding the right solution for better sleep might require some experimentation, but it is essential for improving your sleep quality.

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