Friday, 24 March 2017

Part 2: How To Get A Better Nights Sleep

It would be safe to assume that very few of us are morning people. It's not uncommon that we might hit the snooze button a few times (or a dozen), before finally mustering up the courage to rip back the bed sheets... but even then we'd still need a strong cup of coffee to get us out of that half-asleep state, which only reminds us that we ought to become better morning people.

Whilst I did write a post on 'Becoming A Morning Person' this year, it's safe to say a lot has changed since then. For example; I have just started working in a florists, which means I'm not required to wake up at silly o'clock anymore - thank god. It would also come as no surprise, that productivity starts with a good nights sleep. Even if you are getting the recommended 7-10 hours each night, the quality of sleep you get is really important, this is why I have compiled a list on:

'How To Get A Better Nights Sleep' -

Erratic sleep patterns can leave you feeling out of whack, so a regular sleep schedule may just be what you need. Routine is one of the easiest ways to get a better night sleep. For instance, going to bed and waking up at the same time each day can really help your body adjust, this way you’ll start to fall asleep naturally. It also means you’ll spend less time fidgeting and worrying, but in-fact more time resting properly.

There’s no end to the research telling us that our phones are often the cause of a shitty night’s sleep. Apparently, the constant need felt to be glued to our devices causes us a great deal of worry. Plus, spending time on our phones makes us less likely to engage in other stress-reducing activities, such as exercise or reading. Swap your late night scroll with a good book, and you will find yourself with a clear, sleep-inducing mindset.

Whether it’s a calming yoga session, endorphin boosting cardio or perhaps even weightlifting, exercise is a great way to eliminate stress. Plus, if you work out later in the day, those mood-boosting endorphins are likely to keep negativity at bay when you’re trying to fall asleep. Not to mention that you will be extra tired, meaning your brain won’t fight the rest it needs. A good way to start is to set some fitness goals.

It’s not just what you eat – it’s when you eat. While you know that it’s not a good idea to go to bed on an empty stomach, being stuffed is just as bad. Having dinner around the same time each night will help keep your whole body on track. Also, limit how much you drink before bedtime to avoid trips to the bathroom – it’s a real pain in the neck when you’ve just found your comfy spot and all of a sudden you’re busting for a piss. Say no to interrupted sleep!

Do you have a night time routine? What advice would you give to someone trying to get a better night sleep?

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