In this short video, Richard Wiseman pinpoints some of the symptoms that are signs of sleep deprivation and even has a small test for you to test your agility. Chances are that if you need an alarm clock to wake up or fall asleep instantly you may need t get more sleep. He has a great resource for those who keep in mind their sleep cycles when going to bed. Each cycle is about 90 minutes each and to make sure you don’t disrupt a cycle and wake up even more tired. He created a free schedule that tells you when you should go to bed, depending at what hour you want to wake up in the morning.
I often get woken up by someone passing near my door or by sounds coming from underneath it. But I found the best way to block sounds from under door while sleeping. I had to try a few things before I found the perfect solution for me and I’m going to share all of them because one of them might be your way out.
The first thing I tried
Noise pollution is a very nasty business and it can “aid” us sleep less and be tired at school or at work. I was feeling so tired because of constant sounds coming from under my door that I started to think what I could do to fix this. I realized that if I move my bed near the other end of the room (so that my door) will be a lot further) I might just get some rest. Tired as I was I got up from my bed and pushed it towards the other wall. Sat down in complete silence and waited. At first I thought I was in heaven because it was quite for a few minutes and then I realized the problem wasn’t fixed. I could still hear noise coming from my door. It was better now but it still was enough to not be able to fall asleep.
Tip: You can even move more furniture around and see if that makes any difference. If you can, try moving something between your bed and the door to attenuate the sounds.
Second idea: why didn’t I think of that in the first place?
Since the noise was not as powerful anymore I thought I would need something to put under the door so I placed an under the door draft guard and see how that would work. Not being able to sleep I went online and ordered a double sided door draft stopper. Then I wondered: “what if this is still not enough?” so I ordered a draft stopper filled with fragrant balsam (I like nice smells :)). They both arrived within 2 days and I placed the first draft stopper underneath the door and the other on right in front of it. They greatly reduced noise and light coming from the other side. It was pretty quiet and a “normal” person would have slept like a log but not me! I must have super ears or something because I could still hear some noise and was falling asleep only to wake up 5 minutes later.
So, upwards and onwards to the next thing: white noise
I honestly thought there is no best way to block sound from under door while sleeping but the white noise machine I bought proved me wrong. I’m so glad it did! What really helped me was the Marpac sound machine! Not only does this block sounds coming from the door but it also helps with any sounds coming from anywhere! And as an added bonus, it seems to make me sleepy whenever I hear it.
So, for me, this combination worked wonders. For some, the white sound machine might be enough. For others, the draft stoppers will do the trick or just moving furniture around the room. Start with what doesn’t cost any money or doesn’t require much effort and move on if that doesn’t work. While I was researching how to get rid of the noise coming from under my door (yep, remember I couldn’t sleep?), I found out a few other tips that might be of help to someone else:
1. You might want to really check if the noise is actually coming from under the door and not through the door itself. This wasn’t the case for me because the door was pretty new, but it might happen. I’ve heard of cases where people had to use a door insulating foam to fill in the gaps in their door.
2. Although it might sound scary, there is also the possibility you need to change the door because it’s too used and has too many cracks and gaps. If your door is old then noise is easily going to get in no matter what you do. This is an expensive solution but it’s sometimes unavoidable.
Those are the things I learned about while browsing the web at 2 A.M. for the best way to block sound from under door while sleeping.
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Louisa Ball suffers from Kleine-Levin Syndrome which makes her sleep for weeks at a time. However, she wasn’t born with this condition
This small guide was put together by the people from Express and focuses on five domains that affect your sleep quality.
THE DOCTOR. Dr Guy Meadows
“If you find that you are struggling to get to sleep bring your awareness to something that you can actually feel, such as your pillow or your night clothes. This will help to ground you in the present and will also help to calm your mind before sleep.”
THE FENG SHUI EXPERT. Amanda Kenton
“If you have a television in your room don’t just switch it off. Unplug it. Electromagnetic radiation can interrupt sleep. Similarly mobile phones should also be left outside the room when you are ready to go to bed.”
THE SLEEP COACH. Charlie Morley
“Practise mindfulness or meditation, do gentle stretching and yoga or read a book. If you wake in the middle of the night don’t worry. Rather than starting to check emails take a few breaths and try to relax.”
THE PERSONAL TRAINER. Matt Roberts
“Having a steaming, relaxing bath before bedtime is a great way to unwind and forget about the day’s stress, setting you up nicely for a restful night’s sleep.”
THE NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST. Caroline Skirrow
“Magnesium is vital for relaxation and low levels can have a dramatic impact on sleep quality. Boost your levels by eating lots of leafy, green vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds and fish.”
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Technology Journalist Mark Serrels wanted to change his sleeping plan from an average of eight hours of sleep per night to polyphasic sleep schedule. So, he wanted to go from eight hours to having 20-minutes naps every four hours. How long do you think he lasted? Well…
This small project began in July 2012 after Mark got the approval from his doctor and wife but didn’t lasted as long as he expected. The first day was a bit challenging but the hell followed the next couple of days with inability to focus and speak clearly while feeling exhausted and looking like a zombie. By day six he decided to shut the whole experiment down because it was too dangerous to continue. “It was like a little adventure, but slowly, as I descended into madness, it stopped being fun and it became a gruelling thing to do,” he said.