How are you feeling right now?
We’d wager a bet that ‘tired’ was one of the first words that popped into your head. It’s no secret that most of us don’t get enough sleep. Between work, family, social lives, social media and the abundance of so-bad-it’s-good reality television on offer, the surprising part is probably that we manage to get any sleep at all.
The truth is though, that humans NEED sleep. Without it, we simply don’t function. Over time your judgement becomes impaired, moods become less stable, reaction times are poorer and it can actually lead to serious health issues. That’s the bad news. The good news is that we can help you learn how to sleep better with these five simple tips.
People who exercise consistently tend to sleep better. Choose a routine that suits you (mixing things up with higher and lower intensity workouts throughout the week is a great idea) and commit to it. Over time you should notice an improvement in sleep quality and the ease at which you fall asleep.
Set a consistent sleep schedule
If tiredness is an issue for you, going to bed at the same time each night and getting up at the same time every morning is one of the most important things you can do. Sleep is one area where your body loves consistency, so give your body what it loves!
Cut caffeine after lunch
Learn how to sleep better by cutting those afternoon coffees! Caffeine is a stimulant, and stimulation is the last thing your poor brain needs. If you love a hot drink after dinner, reach for the herbal tea instead – chamomile and lavender are both popular choices that may help you feel calmer. Peppermint is also one to try – great for digestion, it’s particularly useful if your tummy is keeping you awake!
Turn off the television, put down your phone and switch your iPad for a good old fashioned book at bedtime. Bombarding your brain and eyes with bright lights, loud noises and a million messages before bedtime stimulates your senses, making it hard for you to relax when it’s time to head to the Land of Nod.
Keep a Diary
Writing down your thoughts/ideas can be incredibly cathartic – just don’t get caught up in trying to find solutions! This process is about taking those swirling thoughts and putting them down on paper. Keep a notepad next to your bed and make it the last thing you do before you switch off the light for a clear mind as you drift off.
Hopefully these simple tips hold the key to helping you learn how to sleep better. Good luck!