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 fully understand the importance of sleep. We do know that sleep 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 organises 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 that can improve our body’s regeneration. From worn pillows to springy, uneven mattresses, there are many factors that 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 just 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 your 6-8 hours that you need, while also waking up fresh for the day ahead. Punctuality is important in the workplace, so make sure it’s important when you sleep too.
Sleep is a very powerful 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 still switched on. In order 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.
This guest post has been contributed by Brit blogger Zoe, on behalf of Archers Sleep Centre. Feel free to tweet your thoughts on this article to @bloggingstyle.