You know how important sleep is for your body. Each person’s sleep requirement is different. Typically, you should get up refreshed after a good night’s sleep. If you are not getting enough sleep, you will feel drained, your face will be drawn and you will look tired. Your productivity drops. This is because as you sleep, your body not only refreshes, it also repairs itself.
So, how do you get enough sleep naturally without any aids? Well, here are a few tips to help you get that full night’s rest.
Listen to your body clock
Your body has a rhythm. It knows when to sleep and when to wake up. We are not nocturnal creatures and so we sleep after sunset wake up with the sun. When we disturb this cycle by following unnatural and changing sleep patterns, we confuse our body. Stick to a particular sleep and wake up time. A slight or occasional change is alright, but don’t deviate from this drastically even on holidays.
Watch what you eat
Avoid having coffee, tea, or soft drinks late in the day to promote a better sleep. Have a light and bland dinner to avoid heartburn or indigestion.
Say no to alcohol and cigarettes
Alcohol disrupts sleep and does not let you fall into a peaceful slumber and smoking increase breathing problems. Avoid smoking and do not drink alcohol before bedtime.
Make your bedroom dark
Light does not allow you to fall into deep sleep. If you have trouble sleeping, then keep your bedroom as dark as possible.
Shut down all electronics
Switch off your mobile, laptop, TV etc. at least one hour before bedtime. This will help your mind wind down and relax into sleep.
People who exercise or are active through the day at least four times every week, sleep better. If you are not an active person, take up some form of activity. This will help you sleep better.
Use bed for sleeping only
Go to bed only when you sleep. Avoid working, eating watching TV etc. from your bed. This establishes a strong association between the bed and sleep, so you are subconsciously ready to sleep when you go to bed.
Sleep is a necessity for healthy living. If after these adjustments you still find it difficult to get a good night’s sleep, consult our sleep specialist.