Sleeping may seem like a waste of time, especially when you’ve got a busy evening ahead of you. However, scientists are still trying to understand the importance of sleep fully. We do know that rest is a building process, where the body shuts down and repairs itself. Growth hormones are secreted during sleep, so the body replenishes the spent energy supply while repairing old muscle and damaged tissue. During sleep, your brain even organizes memories and stores information that you’ve collected throughout the day.
Many of us don’t get the amount of sleep we need, and then we wonder why we feel groggy in the morning. But sometimes it’s not the amount we sleep, but the way we sleep can improve our body’s regeneration. From worn pillows to springy, uneven mattresses, many factors can hinder how much sleep we get every night. Here are a few tips and tricks to get a better sleep while also helping your body to keep you healthy!
Set a Bedtime Deadline
At some point, you have to stop working and hit the hay. One of the best ways to get a good night’s sleep is to set a bedtime deadline and stick to it. This will ensure that you get the 6-8 hours that you need, while also waking up fresh for the day ahead. Punctuality is essential in the workplace, so make sure it’s important when you sleep too.
Sleep is a potent tool for the human body; however, of all the things you may have control of in your life, sleeping certainly comes bottom of the list. No matter how tired you are or how much you wish you can drift off, if you’re not relaxed and loose, you’ll be left waiting for quite a while. Sleep is all about being at one with your environment, so make sure all your curtains are shut, the television is switched off, and any other distractions are well out of your mind. Light a scented candle if it helps!
Many people find that falling asleep with the light on, or dimmed to a low setting, makes it easier to drift off. This may be true, however, if your eyes are still reacting to light, that means your brain is always switched on. For your body to carry out the essential repairs it needs to do, there needs to be the least amount of distractions possible. If your brain is too busy receiving signals from your eyes instead of repairing your body, you’re going to feel a little worse for wear every time you wake up!
Eating is Cheating
Just like with the light distractions, the stomach should also be empty when sleeping. Digesting a large meal takes a lot of energy, so if you eat before you sleep, that’s less energy that’s left to replenish you with for the day ahead. If you are hungry before bed, make it a very light snack, and something that’s not going to divert large amounts of energy to your stomach instead of the areas that need repairing.