Stop wearing your sleep deprivation as a badge of honour!
Too often, we ignore the pangs that our bodies exude when in dire need of sleep. We are always “too busy” to take a nap or have a good siesta. Sleep is always the last thing on our minds and we only do it when there’s nothing else to do. That’s a very unhealthy way approach to it. Sleep is important for both our physical and mental well-being.
If you find yourself perpetually tired, constantly waking up in the middle of the night, having night sweats and stress dreams, then you have an unhealthy relationship with your slumber and you need to let it go!
Follow the following instructions in order to achieve the perfect sleep:
- Get at least 7.5 – 9 hours of rest each night. What’s more, set precise bed times and wake up times every night. That way you cultivate a consistent rest-wake schedule.
- Avoid bright lights before bed. Lower the lights an hour before bed and avoid screens (TV, phone, computer). This gives your brain time to wind down.
- Avoid caffeine before bed. Alcohol too! Though liquor may “help” you feel tired/drowsy enough to zzzz, it affects the quality of your rest because it takes your body a long time to break down the alcohol.
- Keep your bedroom, cool, dark and quiet. Invest in great bed sheets, an air conditioner and good curtains.
- Last but not least, exercise! Read about yoga and how it improves your sleep.