We all know that getting between seven and eight hours of uninterrupted sleep every night is best for optimum health but we also know that it isn’t always easy! For some people getting this much sleep might sound like a luxury as opposed to a necessity but it is essential if you want to maintain optimum health and look and feel your best. If you are one of these people who understands the importance of sleep but does not always manage an adequate amount then the following tips could help you to remedy the problem.
The first thing you should do is turn your bedroom, or at least your sleeping area, into a sanctuary. Make sure it is always clean, comfortable and free of distractions. It is also a good idea to make sure that any outside light is blocked and also that the room is neither too hot nor too cold.
Setting yourself a bedtime might be an amusing concept and something that you haven’t been subject to since childhood but it can really help to organise your sleep. If you know that you have to be up for work at 6 a.m then make sure you are on your way to bed at 21:30. This gives you plenty of time to wind down, get comfortable and fall into an eight hour sleep.
Your actions prior to bedtime can also determine if you get a good sleep or not. Most importantly, do not consume any alcohol, refined sugar or caffeine in the hours before you go to bed. Even if it does not keep you awake to begin with, it is likely to cause you to wake in the early hours. Choosing herbal tea or a warm plant-based milk drink will help relax your body and ease you into sleep. You might also find that a warm bath with lavender oil will also help to relax you.
Meditation and mindful breathing are the perfect pre-bedtime activity. Your sleep sanctuary can also become your space for meditation. You can even try meditating lying down in bed in order to wind down from your day and eradicate any negative thoughts. You simply have to lie back, breathe through your nose and concentrate on your breathing while you imagine all negativity and stress leaving your body. Do this for between five and ten minutes and you will find that your mind is much clearer as you fall asleep.
Once you are sleeping properly you will quickly notice that your energy levels increase, your mind is more balanced and you may also find that your weight is more stable. You will soon adjust to your new routine and this positivity will follow you into other areas of your life!