Getting high quality sleep is key when it comes to your energy level. It also greatly affects your overall health and well-being.
If you suffer from tiredness or if you sleep too much, there’s a good chance that you either don’t get enough sleep or don’t sleep well enough. You see, there is a big difference between getting enough sleep, and getting QUALITY sleep…
You can get 9 hours of ‘poor sleep’ and wake up tired, and you can get 6 hours of great sleep, and wake up filled with energy for the entire day.
Of course, if you’re having trouble sleeping through the night, or if you suffer from some physical symptoms related to sleep, you should check into that. First and foremost…
Find out if you have Sleep Apnea and treat as soon as possible if you do. A few signs are heavy snoring, excessive night sweating and waking up with headache.
A Few Tips for Better Quality Sleep
- Lead a healthy lifestyle – beside all the other benefits, you will also enjoy better sleep and more energy. You probably know what this means, but just to give you an idea - eat highly nutritious food, drink lots of water, avoid smoking, alcohol and caffeine and exercise regularly.
- Do your best to stick to a steady sleep schedule. At least wake up at the same time every day, no matter how long you had slept. If you follow some of the next tips, your body will tell you the “right” time for you to go to sleep. When it does – comply.
- Get yourself tired. If you get very little physical activity during the day, you might not be tired enough at night. It’s best to get some exercise in the afternoon (not too close to bedtime).
- Expose your eyes to sunlight as much as possible. Sunlight helps your inner ‘sleep clock’ reset itself each day.
- Avoid caffeine (present in coffee, tea, soft drinks and chocolate) at least 6 hours before bedtime. In general – try to avoid caffeine as much as possible. In the long run, caffeine lowers your energy level and damages your sleep patterns, even if you’re “sure” it has no effect on you.
- Start relaxing yourself at least a couple of hours before sleep – avoid stimulants (like sugar, caffeine and even bright lights), alcohol and stressful situations. Relax, maybe read a book, take a warm bath, have some warm milk or herbal tea, even do a relaxation ‘meditation’.
- Don’t go to sleep on an empty stomach – have a light snack before bedtime, but not a heavy meal. (Peanuts, milk and turkey are some of the foods that relax your body and induce sleep.)
That’s in a nutshell how you can get better sleep. If you’re serious about improving your sleeping habits…