Stick to a sleep schedule
- Go to bed, wake up at the same time every day!
- We are creatures of habit, meaning that we thrive off waking up, and going to sleep at the exact same time each day. Weekends can be a massive sleep cycle breaker for many average people, as they tend to stay up later on the friday night, and sleep in on the saturday/sunday mornings. This is why it makes it so hard to sleep on a monday. Because now you’ve pushed your Circadian rhythm back 2-3 hours, your body is NOT used to falling asleep at your normal 9PM.
- If you’re going to stay up, still wake up at the same time as your normal work schedule, and if you want a longer sleep, instead of sleeping in, go to bed 30 minutes earlier, and nap at midday!
- 30 Minutes Daily, but not within 2-3 hours of bed.
- Exercise has so many benefits for our bodies, it can improve cardiovascular health, muscle and bone density, improve focus, and much more! But exercise can also demand rest from the body, in the form of sleep!
- Getting in at least 30 minutes of exercise a day will be vital, but don’t exercise too close to bed, as the stimulation can keep you awake like a morning cup of coffee
- Caffeinated beverages like coffee and tea can be a great way to stimulate the brain and get that kick that’s needed. Drinking coffee too early however, blocks adenosine, a chemical opposite of melatonin, that signals to the brain that it’s time to wake
- Don’t consume caffeine 90 minutes after waking
- Consume it too late, and you will struggle to sleep, or have quality sleep
- No Caffeine within 8 Hours of Bed (Sleep at 8pm, cut off is 12pm)
A light snack is okay, but a large meal can cause indigestion, which interferes with sleep. Drinking too many fluids at night can cause frequent awakenings to urinate.
- If you are planning to drink, try to have it earlier in the day. Lunchtime drinks are far more effective because the alcohol will leave the system before going to bed.
- Medicine can disturb your sleep, asking your doctor or chemist exactly what’s in the medicine. Lots of pills and liquids can contain caffeine and other stimulants like codeine, that can affect your sleep.
- Melatonin can be a great medication to help stimulate the onset of drowsiness before bed, relying on it, however, can stop your body’s natural production of melatonin, which will in the long term, affect your sleep!
Naps can help make up for lost sleep, having a nap can be a great way to build focus, and improve cognitive ability, but late afternoon naps can make it harder to fall asleep at night. Avoid having naps after 3pm so that your sleep habits are in check
Additionally to setting yourself time before bed, you can take a hot shower before bed.
The drop in body temperature after getting out of the bath may help you feel sleepy, and the bath can help you relax and slow down so you’re more ready to sleep.
Gadgets that emit blue light can block the natural onset of melatonin
If your room is too bright, it can be hard to fall asleep
Having the room too hot can make you uncomfortable
- Having blockout blinds to darken the room, covering gadgets that emit light, and drop the room temperature to 18 degrees
Daylight is key to regulating daily sleep patterns. Try to get outside in natural sunlight for at least thirty minutes each day. The added sun exposure will release the chemical adenosine, which wakes you up early, and helps you to release melatonin early in the night
- Sometimes going to sleep can be difficult, the mind can run at a thousand miles an hour and it can be difficult to sleep. Lying aimlessly in bed, thinking about why you can’t sleep will make sleep even more difficult! 20 Minutes is the cap for the amount of time trying to sleep, if after 20 minutes with no success for sleep, get up and do something that doesn’t stimulate you
- Stretch for 20 minutes
- Read a book
- Do some chores that will set you up for tomorrow
- And then try to go to sleep again
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