Sleep in Mindbloom

Within Mindbloom’s Life Game, many sleep-related actions are among the most popular added to individual life trees. Not surprising, as it’s been reported 70 million in the US have sleep problems and 75% of American adults say they frequently experience at least one sleep problem symptom each year[1]. Using Life Game to assist, you can select sleep-related actions which are identified as important to you, discover your motivation, and take meaningful action through small changes to dramatically improve your sleep.

1.  Decide What’s Important:  Sleep

Within Life Game, there are several sleep-related actions to choose from—most, directly supported by expert advice from sleep doctors; such as:

To find additional sleep-related actions added by Mindbloom and fellow Life Game users, simply choose Find Actions in the My Actions window and type “sleep” into the entry field. Or, if these don’t fit your need, choose Create Your Own and enter a sleep action personally important to you!

Here are more small changes, commonly suggested by sleep experts and doctors[2][3][4], to get you started:

  • Obey the 15-minute rule—if not asleep get out of bed
  • Make sleep environment cool, dark and quiet
  • Reserve the bed for sleep and sex only
  • Wind down and power off technology a few hours before bedtime
  • Wake up the same time every day
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and other chemicals interfering with sleep
  • Establish a calming pre-sleep routine
  • Go to sleep when tired
  • Stop watching the clock at night
  • Don’t exercise too soon before bedtime
  • Don’t eat or drink too soon before bedtime
  • Limit daytime naps for a better night’s sleep
  • Jot down what’s on the mind and set aside for next day
  • Read before bed
  • Don’t go to bed hungry or stuffed

2. Discover Your Motivation

In addition to building inspiration through shared images, music, and quotes, motivation toward improved sleep can be gained through utilizing Life Game’s recommended resources–expert advice, mobile apps, sleep monitor devices, and more. Recommended resources are located within corresponding actions (a sleep example here). A few Mindbloom favorites for sleep are:

Expert advice

The Harvard Medical School Guide to a Good Night’s Sleep-  Provides a step by step program for overcoming sleep problems from insomnia and snoring to restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea.

 

Lifehacker Australia’s Ultimate Guide to Sleeping Better – Website feature of several articles on solving sleep problems and presented with fresh perspectives.

Healthy Sleep Tips from the National Sleep Foundation – One of several web pages from an organization dedicated to educating on the importance of sleep.

Mobile apps

Get some zzz’s bloom* (free) – Bloom* iPhone app inspires you to live every day to the fullest:  In this instance, the Get some zzz’s bloom* provides a sleep reminder. To learn more about bloom* click here.

Sleep Cycle alarm clock (iPhone, $0.99) – Recently selected by TIME magazine as the “Best App for Snoozing”, Sleep Cycle is an alarm clock that analyzes your sleep patterns and wakes you in the lightest sleep phase—a natural way to wake up feeling rested and relaxed.

Sleep as Android Unlock ($1.99) – If you have an Android OS smartphone, top customer rated Sleep as Android, Free and Unlock, app can track your sleep and wake you gently with nature sounds in your optimal sleep phase.

Sleepmaker Rain (iPhone & Android, free & pro $2.99) – Though there are several nature, ambiant and white noise applications out there to help you sleep, Sleepmaker Rain is often cited as one of the best of the breed. This is simply high quality sound of pure, natural rain to move your from relaxation to slumber.

Devices

Zeo Sleep Manager Pro ($99.00) – A sleep management system utilizes a lightweight, adjustable, soft headband for tracking the quality of your sleep and mobile phone app to give you personalized advice to help you improve.


Fitbit Ulta Wireless Activity & Sleep Tracker ($99.90) – Besides measuring every step you take toward fitness, you can also wear the tracker at night to monitor how long and how well you sleep.


Gear4 Renew SleepClock ($199.99) – Requires NO wristbands or headbands to wear,  yet it measures your sleep in determining how much sleep you get, how long it takes you to fall asleep, and tracks your progress over time. Add features are it works as a bedside speaker and charger for your iOS devices and includes FM radio.

 

3.  Take Meaningful Steps

One or two small steps in the changing your sleep habits can make a meaningful difference in your life. Depending on what is meaningful to you, making small changes to impact your sleep can lead to improved memory, longer life, less stress, weight loss, improved performance, spur creativity, sharpen attention, help avoid depression, reduce inflammation, and reduce accidents.[5]

By using Mindbloom Life Game, you can track these small changes, develop a support network with a friend, and even share your accomplishments—or keep them personal and private.

Happy sleeping!


[1] National Sleep Foundation’s 2005 Sleep in America poll

[2] ”Sleep Hygiene”, The Dr. Oz Show

[3] ”Adopt Good Sleep Habits”, HealthySleep, Division of Sleep Medicine at the Harvard Medical School

[4] ”Sleep Tips: 7 steps to better sleep”, Mayo Clinic

[5] ”11 Surprising Benefits of Sleep, May 25, 2011, Huffington Post

 

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