Archive for August, 2013

Your 5 Senses Directly Impact Your Sleep

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

It’s true. Everything about you impacts the way you sleep and how beneficial that sleep is to your body. Your five senses – hearing, smell, taste, touch, and vision – aren’t just for your waking hours. They impact your health all the time.

The things you see as you prepare for bed need to be calming, not stimulating. Everything from the color of the paint you use on the walls to the artwork you hang can have an impact. You’ll also want to be conscious of outside influences like moonlight, car lights, and street lamps.

The things you taste – like toothpaste or mouthwash – and the things you smell – like your partner – can also send signals to your brain. This is one reason why so many people respond so well to aromatherapy.

The things you touch include your mattress, bedding, sheets, and even your pillows. The textures, fibers, density, and shape can all make a difference.

But that’s not what we find most important here. We are, of course, always concerned with sound. Noises can have a huge impact on your ability to sleep and the lighter you sleep, the more noises can bother you. Do cars drive down your street at night? Does the neighbor have a barking dog? Do you leave the television blaring all night long, like my fiance does? While sound is generally not recommended, I have found a sleep machine that makes white noise helps me to fall asleep.

Outside noises, however, drive me nuts. If you can’t get past the noises, you may need to consider soundproofing by adding extra drywall with green glue or by checking the seals on your doors and windows.

Sleep is critical to your health, so you need to make sure your five senses are all happy and content when your head hits the pillow each night!

Can Add-On’s Improve Health By Blocking Noise?

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

In a press release published on heraldonline.com, noise pollution was explored as being a health risk. Excess noise in our homes and places of business can cause a myriad of health complications, ranging from sleep disorders to heart disease. To make matters worse, noise levels at night significantly increased the risk of heart attacks due to the stress it puts on the body.

Scientists have been raving about the importance of sleep for years and years. Your body does quite a bit of healing during your restful times, and if your body can’t get enough rest, you eventually become rundown.

A new product known simply as Soundproof Windows has been created. They don’t replace your windows, but they are added to the inside and blend in with the existing layout. These windows have been shown to reduce noise anywhere from 90% – 98% – a significant improvement.

Of course, having special windows built to your home’s specifications may not be in the budget. If that’s the case, start with simple solutions to block outside noise – check your window and door seals and make sure there are no obvious leaks. If all else fails, seek alternative soundproofing solutions  – like window coverings. Your health depends on it!