Five senses of sleep

Most people are unaware of the fact that sleep is a multi-sensory balancing act. Yes, each one of our senses plays a part in determining the quality of sleep that we get. Unfortunately, our senses can easily go against us when we’re asleep without us even realising it.

So, how do you treat your senses properly to enjoy better and healthier sleep? Well, I’m here to help you out. Today, I will offer you some very handy tips on how you can focus in on your senses to ease your sleep. Continue reading to find out how to do so.

1. Sight

Our sense of sight can easily be triggered by changes in light even when we’re asleep. While some people can only sleep in complete darkness, others need a faint light to fall asleep. Whatever your case may be, there’s no denying that sight can affect your sleep quality dramatically.

Moreover, with technology and gadgets making their way into our lives, every bedroom is full of electronic devices. Now, these devices all emit electromagnetic radiation and light. During the daytime, it may be fine, but at night, this light from devices causes the brain to stop releasing melatonin – the hormone which induces sleep. This can significantly hamper sleep quality.

If you want to treat your sense of sight to sleep, it is best to leave gadgets and electronic devices out of bedrooms. However, this may not be possible for everyone. As an alternative, you can use the ‘night mode’ feature that is offered by many devices. Apple offers its ‘Night Shift’, while Android offers its ‘Night Light’. By using these features, you can keep your cell phone or tablet in your bedroom without worrying about disrupting your sleep.

2. Smell

In a previous post of mine, I mentioned how I make use of natural aromatic scents in my bedroom. Natural aromatic scents are known to promote relaxation, and they can effectively boost sleep quality. In fact, specific scents are also known to have sleep-inducing properties.

Aromatherapy experts have long used natural scents in bedrooms. Traditionally, natural scents have helped reduce anxiety in people, and they have also helped insomniacs sleep better. Studies have also demonstrated that some scents lower blood pressure and reduce the levels of stress hormones in our body.

So, go ahead and add some fragrance to your bedroom – it will help you sleep better. My personal picks for fragrances is Geranium Oil, but you’ll find plenty of others out there.

3. Taste

You’re probably wondering what role taste plays when you’re fast asleep. Well, the last taste in your mouth before you go to bed can have a good impact on your sleep quality. Going to bed immediately after a meal with a fresh taste in your mouth is one of the worst things you can do. Not only will it hamper your sleep, but it will also cause digestive problems.

As a general rule of thumb, you should have your last meal at least 3-4 hours before you go to sleep. This will give your body enough time to digest the food, and when you sleep, your body can completely focus on replenishment.

And, to prepare your taste for good sleep, you can sip on some delicious and my favorite Pukka Night Time tea just before going to bed. Pukka Night Time tea that is made of Oat flower, licorice root, chamomile flower, lavender flower, lime flower, valerian root, tulsi leaf and is known to promote great sleep, and it tastes great too!

4. Sound

Most people think that their bedrooms need to be dead quiet to enjoy the best possible sleep. While this is mostly true, when things are dead quiet, even the slightest of disturbances can hamper sleep.

So how do you ensure that you peacefully drift off to sleep without any disturbances? The answer is podcasts. There are plenty of sleep-inducing podcasts shows available today. These podcasts dive into everything from meditation to mindfulness and positive thinking. Some other podcasts are designed to get progressively boring to help you drift off to deep sleep. Just take a look at some of the podcasts out there to find what suits you best.

5. Touch

Touch plays an extremely important role in determining sleep quality. While you should ensure that your bed is soft to the touch to allow better sleep, there are other things you can do to prepare your sense of touch.

For starters, stretching your muscles by doing some light exercises prepares your sense of touch wonderfully well for sleep. Yoga experts advise you to start exercising from the bottom up – from your heels up to your back and finally up to the shoulders and the neck. Doing so for even 10 minutes every night before sleeping can tremendously increase your quality of sleep.

These are the ways you can prepare your senses for better sleep. These techniques are all tried and tested out, and you can count on them to work for your case as well.

Do you try any of these techniques for better sleep? Or do you make use of other techniques to prepare yourself for better sleep? Please do share your thoughts in the comments section below and I’ll be glad to hear from you!