If you want to improve your life this year, you need to learn how to cultivate a good night’s sleep. Quality sleep is one of the best ways to have a healthy, happy life. While it eludes many people, a good rest is not such a difficult feat to pull off. You just need to understand some basic rules about sleeping and your body. Here are five simple rules I now follow to improve my sleep.
- Schedule Sleep – Don’t get up and go to bed at wildly different times each day. That messes with your body’s natural sleep cycles and makes it harder for you to fall asleep fast, stay asleep, and wake up refreshed.
- Don’t Sabotage Your Sleep – Avoid late-in-the-day caffeine from coffee, tea, energy drinks or sodas. Don’t take stimulants such as tobacco. Avoid heavy, greasy, or spicy meals near bedtime as well.
- Make a Sleep Sanctuary – Keep your bedroom dark, neat, and between 60 – 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Don’t bring work, bills, or other stress-causers into your bedroom. Make sure your pillows, sheets, blankets and mattresses are comfortable. I highly recommend this memory foam pillow made in America by the sleep experts at the Original Bamboo. Invest a bit in what you sleep on and you’ll notice the difference in your energy each day.
- Work Hard, Play Hard. During the day, get physical exercise and sunlight. Both will set you up for a more restful sleep at night. Don’t take naps either, as they’ll have the opposite effect.
- Ease Into Bedtime – Have a glass of warm milk or read a book. Avoid the blue light emitted from electronic devices such as phones and tablets.
To your daily growth!