You’ll be glad to know, that one of the best things you can do for a healthy body and mind, is sleep!
It has been proven to be essential for brain function, a happier lifestyle and even to aid weight loss. So why aren’t we prioritizing it? Sometimes we even brag a little about how much we’ve got done in a day on four hours sleep or something.
When you don’t get enough sleep, you may think you are able to function, but it isn’t really a maintainable way to live without it really affecting you.
Some short-term signs of sleep deprivation include brain fog and memory loss; we all know we can feel a bit confused and forgetful when running on little sleep. Once you get older, the symptoms will be more noticeable. We can’t stop the aging process as it is, do you really want to make yourself look even older just by not sleeping?
Facts have shown that the brains of those who get under six hours sleep each night do actually age faster, have a higher chance of memory loss and their sharpness goes.
Anyway, we know it can be tough to get a good night's sleep simply because life gets in the way. Stress, illness and technology are just some things that can stop us from getting to sleep so hopefully, these few tips will get you dreaming quicker than ever:
Set The Mood
Your sleeping environment is vital to getting a good night of sleep. Make sure you’re in a quiet, dark and cool room. Try not to have a glow from any devices such as your phone, the TV or even a printer light!
Rest Your Brain First
About an hour before you go to bed, try not to stimulate your brain with the news or a violent TV shows. Try not to use your phone before bed either as the blue light on it keeps your brain awake. Read a book or do some meditation/ mindfulness to help you wind down and relax.
Eat To Sleep
It sounds pretty obvious but avoid caffeine hours before you go to bed. Trying a chamomile tea instead will really help you get ready to go to sleep. Likewise, we know a bit of alcohol can make us feel drowsy and we may think it helps us get to sleep, however you’ll have a poor quality of sleep under the influence of alcohol. Try getting in some good nutrients into your food which are good for your brain. You could try taking a Multi-Vitamin or an Omega 3 supplement.
Make A Routine
On average we need a good 6-9 hours of sleep a night, so have a bedtime routine which allows that to happen. Get ready for bed so you can have a good day the next day feeling fresh and revitalised. Another tip we also have is trying not to sleep in too much on the weekends. It’ll throw your routine off completely and you’ll be struggling to get to sleep before than Monday morning grind!
We hope after reading this, you’re conscious of how to get a great night of sleep to help benefit your body and your mind, you’ll thank us for it later.