Want to Sleep Like a Baby? Check Out These Tips & Tricks to Get Deeper Zzz's
For decades, if not longer, we have not valued sleep…
“I'll sleep when I'm dead!”
“I'm burning the midnight oil.”
“I'm pulling an all-nighter.”
You've heard these before. And usually we think that this person must be really busy and productive.
Wow. They must be really hard workers, right? Wrong.
Turns out… staying up all night makes you a terrible worker.
If anything, we should all go to bed earlier. It sounds counterproductive, especially when you have a lot to do. But being tired just makes you slower and to be frank… dumber.
You may think you're getting a lot done, but in reality you're just running an engine that's already overheating.
When you're tired, you end up doing way more harm than good.
So what am I getting at? It's simple really. Prioritize your sleep. Above everything else.
Getting good sleep is what's going to make you feel better and get way more done… in a shorter amount of time.
Lack of sleep negatively impacts your health and your mood. And can put you at greater risk of an accident.
It makes sense when you think about it. I've never heard anyone go… “Man, I'm in such a terrible mood right now! Time to get a bunch of stuff done!”
So with that being said…
Here are 10 ways you can get the most out of your sleep. And get the most out of your day.
I know, I know. Everyone says this about everything. But here it really makes sense. The more tired you are… the better your sleep.
Studies show that the more fiber you add to your diet can result in spending more time in the stages of deep sleep.
Ok, hear me out. I mentioned working out above, right? Well, not everyone can hit the gym and bust out squats. But most of us can do some light yoga. Even simple stretching can help you sleep better.
No Caffeine 7 Hours Before Bed
Caffeine is a stimulant. So it's great at getting you going. It's also great at ruining deep sleep. So cut it off well before bed to get the rest you deserve.
Alcohol may help you feel sleepy, but once your body processes it… you'll experience a rebound effect that'll cause you to wake up.
Just like for little kids, setting up a relaxing bedtime routine will tell your brain it's time to sleep.
Bedroom is for Sleep
Don't read, watch TV or browse the internet in bed. Use your bed for sleep and only sleep. And your brain will know it's time for sleep the moment your head hits the sheets.
Noise can keep you awake. That's obvious. But a white noise machine can help you drown all that stuff out and help you sleep deeper.
Similar to white noise… relaxing music can help you fall asleep. Just make sure to pick something slow.
Like noise, light will keep you up. So block it out with an eye mask. Simple.
Well, there you have it. I hope this helps you get better sleep. We all need it these days. And if it's late while you're reading this… go to bed!