If you’re having trouble sleeping, you’ve probably already heard the advice that your bedroom should be dark, cool and quiet, but a sleep expert says there’s more to a good night’s sleep. your room
Psychologist Ellen Vora explains that without the constant ticking, you may find it easier to fall asleep and less anxious, as our bodies are programmed to sleep and do so instinctively.
“Realizing it’s already 2:35 a.m. and you still can’t fall asleep isn’t going to help you at all, and it may wake you up even more and delay bedtime,” she said, according to Mind Body. Green.
This is also confirmed by a 2007 study, published in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, in which 30 people with good sleep habits and 30 with insomnia were instructed to watch or not watch the clock one night while trying to fall. asleep.
“Compared to those who did not monitor the clock, those who constantly checked the time were more anxious and had a longer sleep onset delay,” said one of the researchers, adding that it was interesting that the same was true for the group . with quality sleep and for those who have sleep problems.
In a follow-up study that focused only on rough sleepers and extended the study to three nights instead of one, the clock was still the main source of disturbance, so the research team concluded that clocks promote sleep-related disturbance and explained that you should never keep a watch by your bed.
“If it’s been more than 20 minutes and you’re still awake, getting up to do something else until you feel more tired can help. In this way, you will not associate the bed with insomnia and it will remain your resting area; but don’t even leave the room to check the time”, advises psychologist Ellen Vora.