Three essential sleep-inducing tools


Hello, It’s finally the new fiscal year.
I am wondering how well Japanese companies will respond to the government’s demand for higher wages.

Let’s get to the main point of this article.

Because of his profession, Korosuke wakes up at 3:00 a.m. some days to work, and other days after 10:00 p.m., making it very difficult for him to keep a good rhythm in his life.

However, a pilot must be able to get a good night’s sleep at any time of the day and be able to perfect himself or herself in the job.

In the beginning, I sometimes could not fall asleep, and I felt that I could not go on like this, so I have been searching for ways to induce sleep.

I would be happy if you could call me as I think it would be helpful not only for pilots but also for those who travel a lot!

Three important factors for sleep

There are three important elements of sleep, and I would like to list them in order of importance.

1. Light shielding

The most important factor for good sleep is shading.
A brightly lit room not only makes it difficult to fall asleep, but also interferes with brain sleep.
This is also evident from the principle that humans are awakened by sunlight.
Incidentally, this is an item that airlines place great importance on when selecting hotels for crew members to stay.

2. sound insulation

It is impossible to get a good night’s sleep in a noisy place.
The path to sound sleep is to reduce the amount of information entering the brain as much as possible.

3. alarm clock

There are only a few working people who are willing to get up at any hour of the day, and most of them will plan what time they are going to get up and be ready before they go to bed.
If you are sleeping too soundly and oversleeping in such a situation, it’s not the end of the world.

These are the three elements that colonists need for sleep.

The next section will show you how to secure these three things.

Things recommended for sleep onset and sound sleep

Here is what Korosuke actually uses.

1. eye mask

Buy a material that is comfortable to the touch and does not cause pain due to tightness, not something sold at a 100 yen store.
The thinner the elastic band, the more likely it is to hurt, so we recommend that you choose one with a thicker band.
Korosuke uses a Tempur pad, which is really comfortable.

Although rechargeable hot eye masks are available these days, Korosuke does not use them because they may aggravate inflammation in cases of hyperemia, etc.
Hot eye masks are recommended for dry eyes.

2. earplugs/sleep phones

Recently, earplugs and earphones for sleeping, commonly known as “sleep phones,” have been marketed.
Sleeping earphones seem to play sleep-inducing background music while you sleep.
Korosuke uses earplugs, but is considering the use of sleep phones as well.
I would like to introduce some sleep phones made by ANKER that we are considering.

3. smart watches (Apple watch, etc.)

It is inevitable to oversleep if you wear earplugs and miss your alarm, so I stopped relying on sound to wake me up.
Apple watch wakes me up with a vibration that gradually gets louder, so I can wake up very gently and never oversleep even if I wear earplugs.

This feature comes standard with all Apple watch series, so the cheapest model (about 35,000 yen) is fine.
Korosuke is not a big fan of smartwatches, but he takes it with him on his stays just for this alarm function, and there are many people around him who do.

That’s how much importance pilots place on sleep, lol.

Summary of the three sacred tools for sleep onset

How was it?

Since using the three sacred tools for sleep, which Korosuke calls the “three sacred tools,” I don’t remember ever not being able to sleep at the hotel where I stayed.

The most important thing I would like you to keep in mind when using these, however, is to be sure to check the charge of your smartwatch before going to bed.
I would be most concerned about oversleeping due to running out of charge .

Many pilots invest so much in sleep because they all know that sleep is directly related to flight.

We strongly recommend its introduction to those who are struggling.

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