We all know just how good it is for us, with the only downside being that you never get to enjoy it whilst you’re actually doing it. We’re talking about sleep of course. If it excites you to talk about it or bores you to the point of yawning, there’s no getting away from the fact that sleeping can either be a nightmare, or a dream come true.
Some people are majorly keen to head out and purchase a sleep monitor or to download some kind of app, but before you do that, a couple of questions need to be addressed openly and answered honestly.
- Do you consider yourself to be a good sleeper?
- Are you sleeping enough, right now?
- Do you feel tired regularly?
- How much is too much?
Not an exhaustive list of questions by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s a start.
A Separate Issue
Without a shadow of a doubt, a good understanding and implementation of things like nutrition, exercise and calorie balances will help with sleep, but it has to be addressed as a separate issue if real improvements are to be made. Here we’re a great one stop shop for all things to do with a holistic healthy lifestyle, but let’s shine a little light on sleep.
It’s become a badge of honor or a competition for people to operate on not much sleep. It’s almost as if other people should be impressed that these people turned up to work despite having just three hours, a meager two hours, or no sleep at all. It isn’t big, it isn’t clever and it certainly isn’t healthy. With that out of the way, here are some tips to help you meet Mr. Sandman a lot sooner than you’re used to.
In no time at all, these professional tips will have you feeling more energized, readily recovered and suitably refreshed.
Coffee. It’s great. It can be the difference between a drab Wednesday morning at the office and a killer presentation. For thousands of years, humans have used it when they need a boost, a metaphorical shot in the arm or kick up the backside. The downside is that residual caffeine can linger and come back to bite you when you want to go to sleep. The National Sleep Foundation knows all about that. Simply refrain from consuming any caffeine after 2 o’clock in the afternoon and this negative effect all but disappears. If you’re still craving a cup of Joe, there is a phenomenon called decaf you know, try it.
Light exposure, particularly that which comes from screens is another thing that keeps your brain on overdrive. Phones, laptops, tablets and TV screens, collectively referred to as ‘screen time’ gadgets, can all screw with our body clocks and keep us awake. Moderation is key. Set a time when all screens are to be turned off and for the love of all that is sacred, don’t go to bed with your phone. Put it on charge downstairs, put it away. It doesn’t need to sleep under your pillow and it’ll be right where you left it in the morning.
It’s all about routine. If you can establish a routine that you maintain and keep consistent with, you’re on the road to successful sleep. Don’t expect overnight miracles, this is a slow slog, but including evening strolls or warm baths as part of your nighttime wind down can be really conducive to a good night’s sleep.
Eating close to bedtime can also disrupt sleep, it’s true, so you might want to manage mealtimes and snack times so that they are a good while away from the time you lie down for bed. Even if you fall asleep fairly easily, the quality of your sleep can be improved by sleeping further away from eating.
The benefits of getting a good night’s sleep include the decreased likelihood of picking up injuries, as becoming more fatigued can increase your chances of picking up an annoying injury. Your memory can also get a boost from sleeping well, short term and long term. You will have heard people say “I can’t remember the last time I had a good night’s sleep,” and perhaps that’s not a coincidence!
Armed with these tips, you can at the very least, begin to make a start on addressing your sleep. You won’t feel the benefits until you wake up, but at least you’ll know that reading this article was worth the time invested in it!
This was a list of professional tips, but if that all sounds a bit too serious for your liking, Our site has plenty of simple tips for getting a good night’s sleep here.