Getting quality sleep is easier said than done. So, in this article, I am going to show you how sleep is tied to your physical and mental health. I am also going to show you 5 easy ways to get that refreshing sleep you need.
We all know that we feel groggy and slow when we don’t get enough sleep but that’s not the only effect that lack of sleep has on our bodies.
In an article about sleep and creativity, I explained how not getting enough sleep over an extended period of time can lead to high blood pressure, which can also lead to heart attacks and aneurysms. But, it’s not always easy to try and get that good quality sleep.
Some nights you stay awake worrying about that presentation you have to give first thing in the morning. Then, some nights you just can’t get comfortable. And on other nights you fall asleep just fine but then you wake up every 15 minutes worrying that you’re going to miss the bus.
Alright, there is no one way to guarantee that you are going to get awesome sleep but we do have 5 easy tips and tricks to help you get on the path towards easy good sleep hygiene.
When you think about it we all learn to sleep by routine. When we were really little our parents gave us baths, read us books, tucked us in, got us an extra glass of water all in the name of good sleep.
Now, that you are older you need to develop a routine of your own; whether it’s a cup of decaf tea and a chapter from a book or a bath and 15 minutes of mela yoga.
Of course, there are some activities that should be kept out of a bedtime ritual
Also read: How to sleep better and feel more refreshed
Now, you don’t have to wake up at exactly 7:02 am and go to bed every 10:53 pm every night; that’s a bit on the neurotic side but do try to wake up and go to bed at generally the same time, 6 days a week.
According to doctors at Havard University, this will help set your internal clock so even on those rare days when your schedule is thrown off, you will be able to get right back on track and avoid what doctors call “a sleep hangover”.
Studies show that people who constantly look at their clocks are less likely to fall asleep easily. Why? Well, laying there thinking “huh! It's 11:03 I have to be up in 6 hours and 57 minutes” stresses you out.
So, try to keep some distance between you and that alarm clock. That way those blinking numbers will quit mocking you and you will sleep easier.
A male clinic study found that people sleep best in dark, quiet, cool environments. With all the benefits of sleep; it’s worth investing in black-out blinds, comfortable earplugs, and a fan or air conditioning.The more comfortable you are physically, the better you will sleep. Click To Tweet
Make your bedroom a tech-free zone. I know, but research shows that electronics interfere with sleep because it’s easy to get distracted by them.
Checking your email right before bed could add more stress. Watching TV or movies makes it harder to sleep and getting sucked in to say Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter right before bed could keep you up for hours.
I believe that you have learned more reasons why you need good sleep. I also taught you 5 simple ways to help you improve your sleep health.Next time you are stuck tossing and turning, try to develop a bedtime ritual, maintain a regular sleep and wake schedule, and stop clock watching Click To Tweet
In addition, trick your bedroom out - create optimal sleep environment and unplug- keep off from electronics - tv and movies, phone, and stay away from social media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp, snapchat, Pinterest etc. This will surely help. From all of us here at realitycheckdaily.com sweet dreams.