Every worthwhile medical journal or knowledgeable physician will recommend 8 hours of sleep a night. That will keep you healthy, help you lose weight, and live a happier life. Our lives are so chaotic and there’s so much that we feel we need to accomplish during the day that getting 8 hours every night can seem impossible. Getting into the habit of getting enough sleep is a grueling process and like anything, it takes patience and diligence. Instead of feeling exhausted and weak in the morning, you can feel well rested and ready to face the day. If sleeping better and longer each night is your goal, here are a few things you can do to get a better night’s sleep.
Put Down the Electronics
I think it’s safe to say that everyone has a bit of an addiction to our phones, tablets, and computers. It’s been proven that watching Netflix or surfing Facebook and Twitter before bed greatly increases our chances for insomnia. Sleep.org outlines a few of the ways that our electronic devices disturb our sleep. Try putting the electronic devices away before bed to help your body prepare for a good night’s sleep. Along those same lines, put your phone somewhere that you won’t wake up in the middle of the night because you can hear and feel it going off. Technology, as great as it is, is a big disturbance when it comes to your sleeping habits.
Cut the Caffeine
Don’t let caffeine keep you up half the night. Quit drinking coffee, soda, and anything with caffeine in it after 5pm. Caffeinated drinks can still help you get through your work day, but when you’re getting ready to leave or relaxing at home, try something with less sugar and caffeine in it. While you may not feel the jittery effects of caffeine at 7 in the morning, you’ll feel it once you lie down in bed for the night. Try drinking tea in the evenings to help your body relax and wind down after a long day.
A growling stomach is sure to keep you awake at night. Going to bed hungry will keep you up at night, focusing on the fact that you haven’t eaten since lunch instead of falling asleep at night. Along those same lines, don’t go to bed overly full. This may also keep you up thinking about how much food you ate and it may not make your stomach feel great being that full. Eat a hearty dinner but stop snacking after 8pm. This will give your stomach time to digest your dinner without being hungry or too full once you’re ready for bed.
Get your body into the habit of going to bed at the same time every night. This may be hard to do on the weekends, but at least try to go to sleep earlier than you normally would on a Saturday night. Habits form after 21 days; try to go to sleep at the same time every night for 21 days. Once you’ve set your sleep schedule as a habit, your body will automatically start to power down and get ready for bed at that time each night.
Create A Serene Sleep Space
Falling asleep at night has a lot to do with where you sleep. If you’ve ever noticed you have a hard time sleeping on a friends couch then that means you need to feel comfortable with where you lay your head. Create a sleep space that will allow you to feel comfortable and able to sleep peacefully. Young Living has perfected the use of aromatic oils to diffuse that will help with such ailments as insomnia and stress. Surround yourself with your favorite pillows and blankets, diffuse some lavender oil, and play some soothing melodies to help you sleep at night. This will help put your body and mind at ease so you sleep better and longer each night.