Sleeping was a required thing for humans in the olden days but nowadays, it has become a rarity and a good and restful sleep has become an even greater luxury. The hustle and bustle of everyday life and the million and one things on our to-do lists all contribute to the lack in the sleep quality that most of us get these days. Either we do not sleep on time, or even if we do that, we are only able to get a troubled sleep. All of our lifestyles and work problems have contributed to many people becoming insomniacs.
While sleeping well can help to energise your body and mind, if you do not get a good night’s sleep, it increases your risk of certain serious illnesses like some heart diseases and diabetes, among others. Your body needs to rest properly for an appropriate time to heal and fight off infections. While it is mandated by doctors to get at least eight hours of sleep in a day, it may not be possible due to heavy workloads. So it is imperative that the sleep you get should be fully restful and uninterrupted. We list down a few ways of how you can do that in this blog post.
- Understand Your Body Clock:
It is extremely important to get to know our inbuilt body clocks especially to understand when we should sleep and when we should wake up. Listening to our body when it gets tired is imperative to getting good sleep. Our body is functioned to produce the hormone which makes us sleepy at a specific time every day and we should understand when that happens and try to get to bed at that time. This will lead to a much better quality of sleep as well as minimal restlessness. You will also be able to wake up fully refreshed and in a good mood, ready to take on the new day.
- Exercise In The Day:
Moving your body throughout the day instead of just sitting in one spot can do wonders in getting your body tired and hence leading to better sleep later in the day. Apart from other obvious benefits of exercise that we all have heard so many times before, it also helps to keep you in a good mood. And a good mood, in turn, can relieve the mind of tensions and problems. All of this has a common consequence and that is, you guessed it, a restful night of slumber.
- Eat Your Food A Few Hours Before Sleeping:
Eating your food a few hours, like two or three hours, before going to sleep may not seem like a lot but we assure you that it has a direct impact on how good of sleep you get that night. It is also better to eat a light dinner and reserve the heavy foods for the mornings or afternoon times so that your body has more time to fully digest these. If you eat dinner close to the time of sleeping, it can irritate your stomach and bowel which will give you a restless sleep.
- Illnesses Can Cause Restless Sleep:
We all know how illnesses can make us all so uncomfortable that we are not able to accomplish anything in those days when we are sick. While illnesses can wreak havoc on most of our tasks of the day, the worst affected in this case is our sleep. Even when our body is sick and tired and just wants to sleep, it becomes difficult to get a good long sleep in such cases. This is why it is important for you to take proper care of yourself so that you do not fall sick very often as this can lead to bad sleep. A good way to prevent illnesses is to take multivitamins on a regular basis.
- Try To Sleep And Wake Up At Consistent Times:
Research has proven that if one sleeps and wakes up at similar timings every day and is able to maintain a proper sleep cycle, it leads to better and more relaxed sleep in the long run. While it may not be possible to sleep and wake up at the exact same times every day, a little leeway is allowed in this case. Moreover, if you prefer to wake up a little later on the weekends, that is fine too as long as the difference between the two is not more than two hours.
- Avoid Sudden Shocks As Those Can Ruin Your Sleep Cycle:
Stress and other problems like that cause shocks in the mind and body which do not let us sleep in a peaceful way. Other shocks can include adrenaline rushes among other such things. All these cause your senses to heighten and your sleep to die down. While this may not be in our controls most of the time, but if we can control our reactions to such situations, we can benefit by not losing unnecessary sleep over unimportant things.
- Avoid Consuming Foods That Keep You Awake At Night:
There are some foods and beverages which act as catalysts for your brain and help to keep you awake. Some of these foods include caffeinated drinks such as tea and coffee and apples among others. While these may prove to be immensely helpful in the case of pulling off all-nighters to complete an assignment, study for a test or do some pending but urgent work, these can ruin your sleep cycle. So it would do you good to reserve having these foods and beverages to the morning or afternoon hours.
Now that we have seen the numerous ways which can cause a hindrance in us getting good sleep, it is important to follow all the ways that are mentioned in this blog post in order to ensure that we are able to get a good and restful sleep. Special attention should also be given to fixing our sleeping cycles and following them on a regular basis. So do follow these for a few days and let us know if these tips and tricks worked as well for you as they did for us. Get ready to wake up energised every single day!