Written by Anton 03.05.2016

The secret to real relaxation – switch off, shut down

Get away from it all. One hour in a floatation tank is equivalent to 4 hours quality rest.

Bombarded by electronic devices, relentless noise – phones ringing, traffic, advertisements – and the stresses and priorities of daily living, home and work, it’s going to be difficult to find down time, and nearly impossible to find quality peace and quiet.

Responding to an email or text revs up your brain, reports Mark Rosekind, PhD, former director of the Fatigue Countermeasures Program at the NASA Ames Research Centre. Speaking to Webmd, Rosekind explains that this is the exact opposite of what should happen before sleep.

As you get stressed, your body can go into a “fight or flight” response, and as a result, cortisol, a stress hormone produced by the adrenal gland, is released, creating a situation hardly conducive to sleep.

That glow from electronics is also at work against quality shuteye. The small amounts of light from these devices pass through the retina into a part of the hypothalamus (the area of the brain that controls several sleep activities) and delay the release of the sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin.

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