A good night sleep is essential part of regaining the necessary energy and recharging our body for another busy day. However, we very often find ourselves hitting the snooze button for the third time after a sleepless night. Sometimes we wake up more tired than we were when we got in bed. Here are some simple hacks for better sleep. Bear in mind that all of these things need time, and once you make them your habits, you'll be up before that annoying alarm even starts ringing.
1. Keep calm and unplug
Having a TV in your bedroom seemed like a great idea, but now it's actually proving to be the wrong one. Staying late and watching an episode your favorite TV show, or the entire season in one sitting, is what makes your mornings so difficult. Turn of your phone, tablets and other devices that keep you up at night. Remember, this is a process, and you need continuity and dedication in order to get some proper rest and fix the sleeping disorder. In order to go into deep sleep, our brain produces melatonin. The production of melatonin starts as light levels decrease, which is the reason why our devices need to be switched off at night. They may be an essential part of our daily activities, but at night they are just a distraction.
2. Avoid eating late
Digestion is a physical activity and your body won't be able to process the food and rest at the same time. For some people, it is almost unacceptable to go to bed without having a good snack, and the result of that is either a sleepless night or lack of quality sleep. Always eat your last meal a couple of hours before bedtime, but make sure that the meal isn't too large. Another thing you should avoid is drinking coffee or beverages before going to bed. Sure, a glass of wine or a shot of whiskey looks relaxing, but more than one or two drinks can actually prevent us from having a good night's sleep. Alcohol causes dehydration, which is the reason why you'll feel exhausted the next morning. As far as coffee goes, save it for tomorrow morning, as the caffeine will keep you awake and prevent your body from resting effectively.
3. Early to bed and early to rise
Avoid going to bed after midnight, since our body needs around 7 - 9 hours of sleep. It can be very difficult due to the state of our busy modern world, but do your best to get enough sleep. Several hours of uninterrupted sleep will make us more productive, less stressful and ready to take on the challenges of the following day. Of course, this is easier said than done, but stick to it one night after another, and it will eventually become routine.
Our body quickly adapts to everyday routine. A sleeping disorder can either be a medical problem or simply a result of our lifestyle. Night after night, we force ourselves to stay awake for various reasons and our body slowly accepts this new routine. It's high time we changed that. Staying determined is essential, as the results won't come after just one night. As they say "time is money, and we often have to sacrifice some private time to get more work done, but make sure that you keep the nighttime for yourself.
Stressful mornings, anxiety, unproductivity and constant tiredness are indicators we don't get enough sleep. Staying up late and trying to meet tight deadlines is very often a result of our lack of productivity during working hours. The only way to beat this vicious cycle is by breaking the pattern. Make your bedroom a place where you can truly rest, and take out your TV or anything that prevents you from deep sleep. Soon enough, your body will be thankful, and you'll find yourself refreshed and with more energy.