Sleep is very important, but don’t you hate it when you have an important business meeting or when you have important matters to attend to in the morning, yet you cannot fall asleep? Your mind races, your body tenses, and you become anxious after all of the futile attempts to let yourself fall into a comfortable slumber in hopes of feeling refreshed when you wake up.
Most of us have experienced nights like those and it is one of the most frustrating feelings when you cannot successfully go to sleep, night after night. It becomes a dreadful routine when you wake up hours before your body is ready.
We know how you feel, and for the sake of your sanity we are going to go over a few simple but effective ways to help improve your nights so you can get a fuller, more restful sleep on a regular basis. Some of these tips can be used immediately after reading.
1) Sleep-inducing environment
Most people like to watch television, read books, and finish paperwork while they are in their bedroom’s. It has been proven that activities like these while inside of your bedroom can damage your sleep patterns. Your brain will begin to see your bedroom as a room for work instead of a place to rest. What you can do is separate any activities that have nothing to do with sleep from the bedroom, and make the bedroom strictly for rest.
2) Balance fluid intake
Drinking liquids like water is a great way to stay hydrated before bed, but too much of it can make you uncomfortable as your body works overtime trying to digest it all. Constant bathroom breaks are not ideal either. Only drink enough to stay hydrated at night, and not too much so you wont have to use the bathroom every hour.
3) Create a sleep schedule
People do not realize that their body is highly adaptable and it like’s to create patterns. When you are choosing different hours of the night to go to sleep, your body will feel overwhelmed and confused. The best way to change of this is to set a predetermined time you will go to sleep each night so your body will know what time to begin winding down.
4) Cold Shower’s
This one may scare a lot of people away, but as of recent cold showers has been an interesting topic among scientist. When people take colder showers, or are in colder climates daily their body temperature balances out, and increases your energy during the day. If you have more energy during the day, you will naturally begin to feel tired at night. Burning off this energy is important.
This one is very traditional, but has been a staple to good habits for as long as mankind has been in existence. Daily exercise will burn fat, encourage a healthy body, and increase your immune system better than any drug. It can also burn off a lot of energy and get you ready for bed when night comes. The best time to exercise is in the morning when you first wake up so by the time night time comes you are ready to hit the hay.
6) Eat lighter at night
We all like to snack when we get home and reward ourselves with a big dinner after the long day we just embarked on. Having a large dinner every night will force your body to work hard at digesting all of the food, even during the time you want to go to sleep. Be aware of your bodily needs, and eat a more comfortable dinner with little snacking so your body can digest it without over-doing itself. Healthy eating is very important and encouraged.
7) Nap Time
Napping is probably one of the most rewarding things to do during the day as you can wake up feeling refreshed, but napping at later times can throw off your sleep patterns. Your sleep drive will decrease and may keep you up during the night. Taking naps before 5pm is a better time for people who like to nap.
These are all great tips to help satisfy those night time cravings of a healthy sleep. If you feel restless regularly, try to include some of these into your daily habits so you can witness a change in your sleep pattern. But it is best to consider doing all of these to really make the best out of your sleep every night.