How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep
Most people know they need to eat right and exercise to be healthy. But what about sleep? We spend about one-third of our lives asleep, and sleep is essential to better health. But many of us are struggling with sleep. So how do you become a more successful sleeper? Grab a pillow, curl up and keep reading to find out.
1. ASK YOURSELF: ‘ARE YOU SLEEPY?’ This simple question is the best way to determine if you’re getting adequate sleep. If you often feel tired at work, long for a nap or fall asleep on your morning or evening commute, your body is telling you that it’s not getting enough sleep.
2. KEEP A SLEEP DIARY Write down the time you go to bed and the hour you wake up. Determine the total number of hours you sleep. Note whether you took naps or woke up in the middle of the night. Note how you felt in the morning. Refreshed and ready to conquer the world? Or groggy and fatigued? Assess your sleep.
3. ELIMINATE FOOD AND GATDGETS Eliminate things that might disturbed your sleep; coffee and energy drinks, don’t eat right before bedtime as your body needs to take care of the food, external lights including those from electronic devices, and sounds (use ear plugs if you need).
4. KEEP IT TIDY Tidy up your bedroom; Sleeping in a messy bedroom makes you unconsciously think about the items or clothes around you that keeps your brain working.
5. PREPARE YOUR BRAIN Prepare your brain for sleep by doing things that reminds your brain of sleep; put on a pyjamas, brush your teeth, move slowly and turn the light down. Don't expose yourself to strong lights or loud sounds. You are entering a sleep mode.