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How to Regulate Your Sleep Cycle

Womenman-sleepingHealth is always a big part of the general human discourse. We are sentient beings, and we are always looking for ways to prolong the youth of our bodies. In the last ten years or so, the health industry is rapidly growing and a lot of people, competent and not so competent, are talking about ways to improve your standards of living. It is widely known that the general state of your body is largely influenced by your sleeping habits. Not giving yourself enough time to rest, and pushing yourself too much when not fully rested can destroy your health. Here are some ways in which you can deal with insomnia and get back on the right track.

Light Is Your Friend in the Morning

Your body takes the cues from its surroundings, and you need to ensure that light hits you in the morning. If your bedroom is dimmed, your body won't get this cue, and you will end up sleeping in. Oversleeping can destroy your day as much as not sleeping enough.

Light Is Your Enemy at Night

The reverse situation also works. If you spend time in a brightly lit room before you go to bed, your body is not going to be under the impression that it is sleeping time. Dim the lights in your home a couple of hours before you go to bed, and avoid using a computer because the brightly lit displays can have a negative effect on your ability to go to sleep.

Food and Sleep Don’t Go Well Together

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The stomach becomes very active after you eat and can destroy the quality of your sleep. Digesting food while sleeping can cause nightmares, indigestion and can interrupt your sleep. Avoid having a meal a couple of hours before you go to bed, and especially avoid things that are heavy for your stomach.

Prepare for Sleep

Stretching is a good way to relax your tense muscles before you go to bed. Yoga can truly help you achieve this. You can also take a warm bath to relax your body even further. It is important that you take relaxing before bed seriously. Read a book that you find mildly interesting (yes, I'm talking to your bookaholics out there), listen to some relaxing music, whatever you find calming and soothing.

Get a Proper Bed

Many people keep complaining about their irregular sleeping patterns and waking up tired, and they persistently seek solutions in order to get back into a normal sleeping state, but totally disregard the quality of their bed. There are more than a few reasons your mattress can be the cause of your problems. Make sure you have a proper bed before you put the blame on your own body.

Avoid Caffeine

While coffee can be a much needed ally when you need to pull an all-nighter, it is very much your enemy when it comes to regulating your sleeping habits. Most people resort to coffee in the afternoon since that's when the most aggressive wave of sleepiness hits you. It has been proven that having a coffee or other caffeine based beverages can cause problems with sleeping at night.

Sudden Waking

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We've all woken up in the middle of the night, and no matter how much we've tried, there was no going back to sleep again. The best advice we can give when it comes to this is to engage in another relaxing activity until you feel sleepy. Read a book, watch a movie, and when you get drowsy, go to bed again.

It is important to realize how crucial a good night's sleep is to your happiness. You will be less irritated by things, you'll have an easier time concentrating, and you'll end up being quite healthier than a chaotic sleeper. It is a struggle to change your habits, this much is true, but it is all a matter of will and devotion. After all, the positive effects of a normal sleeping pattern are numerous, and they can improve the quality of your life significantly.

A post by Ivan Dimitrijevic (153 Posts)

Ivan Dimitrijevic is author at LeraBlog. The author's views are entirely his/her own and may not reflect the views and opinions of LeraBlog staff.
Ivan Dimitrijevic is an CEO and founder of MyCity Web and seasoned blogger/marketing consultant with years of experience. His skill sets include Social Media Marketing, Search Engine Optimization and blogging on a wide variety of topics. He is a digital marketing & business consultant and has had many articles published on serious blogs over the years on topics ranging from Digital Marketing, Tech and Online Business to Home & Family, Health & Wellness and Architecture, Real Estate & Design.

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