Having a good night’s sleep is the key to increasing productivity and being emotionally balanced, mentally sharp, and energetic. Despite all the benefits of getting enough sleep, the vast majority of people don’t get enough rest. Research shows that an adult needs at least six to eight hours of sleep every day. Sleep deprivation can interfere with your ability to handle daily activities and can prove harmful to your health.
Watch What You Eat
It might seem surprising, but your eating habits during the day can harm your ability to enjoy a restful sleep. Too much caffeine and nicotine in your system may keep you awake. The effects of caffeine can last up to 12 hours after ingestion. Similarly, eating too much for dinner may cause you to have a listless sleep, leaving you exhausted in the morning. Too much fluid intake right before bed may also result in frequent bathroom breaks that lower the quality of sleep.
Hide Your Gadgets
The blue light from your tablet, phone, laptop, and even TV only serves to deprive you of sleep. They lower the amount of the sleeping hormone, melatonin, your body produces, keeping you awake for longer. Switch off the devices at least two hours before going to bed. Switch off the lights and use dark curtains. Alternatively, you can use a sleeping mask to cover your eyes.
Establish a Sleeping Habit
Consider lining your bed with bamboo sheets, and start a new sleeping routine. There are several ways to calm your restless mind and body.
Deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation are some of the proven techniques to help you drift off to sleep blissfully.
With so many things running through your mind, gone are the days when you could sleep through a storm. However, with a little bit of effort, you can enjoy a restful sleep.