How do you feel every morning when you wake up?
Do you feel refreshed and energised to take on the day?
Or do you wake up grumpy and drained?
If the latter is your answer, then maybe it’s time for you to reconsider your sleeping habits.
A good night’s sleep makes you feel productive and happy in the morning. And is as important as regular exercise and diet. It optimises health, helps manage your weight, enhances mental and physical capabilities and improves brain functions.
Do you know your lifestyle choices have a greater impact on your sleep cycle?
Follow these 5 simple tips to get that quality sleep you need
Stick to a consistent sleep-wake schedule
Syncing with your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle is one of the most important strategies to better sleep quality. So maintain a consistent sleep routine. This helps set your body’s natural clock, leaving you feeling fresh and energised in the morning.
Reduce long daytime naps
Power naps are considered beneficial for your body. However, long and irregular naps in the afternoon can negatively affect your sleep cycle. It can confuse your body’s natural clock, leaving you struggling to sleep at night.
Control your body’s light exposure
Melatonin is a sleep hormone that tells your body when it’s time to hit the sack. The hormone increases in the body when it’s dark — making you sleepy. And Brightness tricks your body into believing it is still daytime. So, while going to bed, make sure your room is dark enough or use an eye mask.
Exercise regularly — but not before bedtime
Exercising regularly improves sleep quality. However, indulging in physical activity right before bedtime can have a negative effect on your sleep-wake cycle. Exercising increases hormones like adrenaline — making your mind and body alert. So try and wrap up your exercise at least 3 hours before bedtime.
Eat and drink wisely
Do not eat or drink too much close to bedtime. An overly full stomach can result in sleeplessness. Similarly, limit your caffeine intake late in the evening as it can stimulate your nervous system, making you feel energised.
With these proven methods you can easily put insomnia to bed and get that good night’s sleep. It will also help you improve the way you think and feel the entire day.
Do you have a go-to sleep mantra? Let us know in the comment section below! 🙂
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