How to Get Better Sleep
March 30, 2018
Many of us seem to be running on empty because we’ve stretched ourselves too thin. In cases like this, it’s often difficult to get a good night’s sleep because we have too much to do and not enough time to do it so we sacrifice our precious sleep in order to stay productive.
On the other hand, many of us have developed poor habits that prevent us from getting a good night’s sleep. Whether it’s failing to stick to a sleep schedule, taking too many naps in the afternoon, or a lack of exercise, these negative habits can definitely put a damper on the positive sleeping habits you’re attempting to develop.
If you keep this up, your life is going to become very miserable before long. You’re going to walk around like a zombie all day with your head in the clouds, feeling like you’ve barely slept a wink even if you did get five or six hours of interrupted sleep.
Instead of continuing to go on like this, it’s time to take the necessary steps to improve your overall health and sleep patterns by developing and sticking to habits that will make it easier for you to fall asleep at night. If you follow the guidelines we’re about to share with you today, you should have no trouble getting a solid 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night while still handling all of your responsibilities throughout the day.
Sound like a plan? Then let’s take a look at some excellent sleep tips to help you improve this important aspect of your life. When we’re through, you’ll have no trouble hitting the pillow at night and falling fast asleep as soon as you do.
Tip #1: Stop Taking Power Naps in the Afternoon
According to sleep.org, they say power naps are a huge benefit to help get you through the day. In fact, they’ve discovered that “naps boost alertness and improve motor performance, which is why you feel energized after taking one. The length of your nap determines the benefits.”
But what they also fail to mention is that naps are going to keep you in a negative sleep cycle. If you become accustomed to taking naps every day, you’ll have a tough time falling to sleep at night because you’ll have refreshed your mind and energy levels during the day, so you no longer feel the need to go to bed at an early time.
We are not trying to disprove the benefits of power naps because we know everything they mentioned in that article above is true. But we are trying to say you shouldn’t rely on them because they will ultimately disrupt your regular sleep patterns. Taking a power nap every once in a while is definitely good for the soul and it’s certainly good for your body. Just try not to make a habit of it.
Tip #2: Stop Drinking so Much Caffeine Late in the Afternoon
We all obviously know that caffeine is a stimulant. We wouldn’t drink it otherwise, because most people ingest it because they need the added energy to get through the day. But the later you ingest caffeine during the day, the more it’s going to keep you from developing good sleep patterns at night.
Guess what? Some people love to believe that they can drink a cup of coffee and immediately fall asleep. While this might be true, more often than not the sleep they get is erratic, restless, and they often only end up sleeping for a couple of hours before they wake up and find it nearly impossible to fall asleep again.
According to an article from the National Sleep Foundation, “Caffeine has been called the most popular drug in the world. It is found naturally in over 60 plants including the coffee bean, tea leaf, kola nut and cacao pod. All over the world people consume caffeine on a daily basis in coffee, tea, cocoa, chocolate, some soft drinks, and some drugs. Because caffeine is a stimulant, most people use it after waking up in the morning or to remain alert during the day. While it is important to note that caffeine cannot replace sleep, it can temporarily make us feel more alert by blocking sleep inducing chemicals in the brain and creating adrenaline production.”
So, caffeine blocks the chemicals that induce sleep. Obviously, if you’re going to take this stimulant late at night, it’s immediately going to block the sleep chemicals needed to help you get a good night’s rest. Please avoid drinking caffeine as much as possible as your day begins to come to an end. You’ll sleep much better and your body will thank you.
Tip #3: Create a Sleep Schedule and Stick to It
To develop a regular routine around sleep, you should make every effort to fall asleep at night at the same time and then wake up every day at the same time as well, with weekends included in this plan. This is important because it helps to set your body’s internal clock.
By regulating your body clock, you’ll have no trouble falling asleep at night at the same time because your body will know that it’s time to power down at that point. Plus, with this regular routine in place your body will produce the chemicals that help keep you asleep for the duration of your slumber without constantly tossing and turning or waking up for other reasons.
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