Sleep is probably one of the toughest aspects of being human to manage. Despite all our modern technology and our wealth of knowledge about human anatomy, we still struggle to manage proper sleeping patterns, and we still rate enough sleep at the bottom of our daily to do list.
Quality sleep though can drastically transform a person’s life. We all dream of waking up well rested but for many this just isn’t possible.
Let’s look at a few tips to help you get better sleep, and remember, these tips are generalised to be helpful to as many people as possible, but every person’s body is different. We all have that one friend who swears drinking coffee makes them fall asleep and they have a cup before bed every night!
Make Your Bedroom Your Haven
Your bedroom should only be a place of sleep, or according to sleep experts, sex. Avoid playing games, spending hours on your phone or watching television.
Your mind should associate the bedroom with sleep and relaxation (or sex!), not as an extension of your living room.
Keep It Dark
Make sure your bedroom remains dark or in low light when you head to bed for the night. Avoid making use of your phone if you can. Use your phone as an alarm, sure, but don’t get stuck in those late night Facebook sessions.
They keep your mind active when you are trying to sleep, but worst of all they blast bright light right into your retinas, tricking your mind into thinking it’s still day.
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Do Not Watch The Clock
Even though you may be worrying that you won’t have enough hours of sleep, it’s not going to help staring at your clock. Make your focus the simple act of relaxing, don’t approach it as you are trying to fall asleep, this will just put you in a loop of stress and worry.
Try waking and sleeping at the same time as well, although this personally is a near impossible task. We should also try and get into a relatively fixed night time and morning routine as it prepares your body to set itself up for certain events
Do Not Doze Off In The Day
Avoid naps, especially after meals. Naps are poison to healthy sleep. They throw our body clock completely out of whack and essentially write off the rest of the day as very few people wake up ready to attack after a nap.
Yes You Do Need Exercise
Every website touts exercise as a miracle cure. Because it is. Studies have shown people who exercise regularly have better and more regular sleep patterns.
They manage to fall asleep faster and wake up more refreshed. It is believed that exercise has a variety of knock on effects that improve sleep, biggest of which is reduction of your stress hormones, which can play havoc with your sleep patterns.
Are you going to try these tips for a better nights sleep, or do you doze off after you’ve counted the first few sheep?