The importance of getting a good nights rest is undeniable, it clearly will impact your mood, energy levels, and your over health. Sleep will have a large effect on your daily activities levels, how much you eat, drink, and socialize.
Most of the sleeping issues people suffer from are unintentional, and they simply are not aware of what is harming their REM, or they cannot help it, but there is a big difference between that and those of us who are self sabotaging our sleep, by doing very foolish and unnecessary habits before climbing into bed, or while laying in bed.
Let’s take a look at several tips to stop sabotaging your sleep.
This should be a given, and is therefore #1 on the list. Tablets, smartphones, video games, and television emits blue light which will keep you very awake mentally, and could be very hard to fall asleep, or may interrupt your sleep if you manage to make it that far. Put your phone on silent mode, many devices offer a setting where you can schedule a time period at night that you will not hear any phone calls unless they call 3 times in a row. Nothing can be more annoying than getting to sleep, and having a text message pop up, and you try your hardest to resist checking it, but then check it and end up getting into a late night texting battle. Watching TV and playing video games will also stimulate your mind to the point of getting anxious, and you will ultimately stay up later than expected.
It is important to fully understand your medication that is being prescribed to you. Make sure to follow the directions carefully or else many medication can have you staying up way past “bed time”. Sleeping pills are fine to use from time to time as an aid, but if relied upon for long term use can have some very nasty side effects.
Monitor you daily caffeine intake, and if you are struggling with restlessness at night, it could be that you are drinking too many cups of coffee too late in the day. Energy drinks or pop/soda can also be a major factor. Try to cut back on the amount of caffeine intake not just for sleep, but overall health too.
4. Wind down time
This tip is very underrated and many are not aware of just how important it can be to have a solid wind-down time, meaning to find peace before heading to the bedroom, and try to read a book or keep your thoughts free of anxiety and stress. Think of this as almost mediation to a certain degree.
Working out is fantastic, but it should be understood that doing so will release endorphins that promote even more energy and a certain zest that easily could carry into your night life. So do not workout too late at night or else it could affect your sleeping habits, and end up costing you hours per night. The earlier in the morning the better.
Sleeping in too warm of temperatures can cause restlessness at night, always looking for the cool side of the pillow. Feel free to turn down the heat, or turn up the air conditioning to ensure your blankets feel comfortable not make you sweaty with constant tossing and turning.
Sleeping along your pets is a very comforting feeling, but there needs to be boundaries. Pets rarely stay put in the middle of the night, and having those loud collars on will without a doubt wake you up during the middle of the night checking in on the sudden disturbance whether you like it or not.
8. Emotional Fights
This tip can be very hard to control, sometimes fights just happen between you and your partner, or loved ones. It can be a terrible feeling trying to fall asleep while seething in anger at something someone did, but try your hardest not to instigate some sort of shouting match or blow up.
Some of these tips may seem pretty obvious, and some may not. This is a guide to help you optimize your sleeping patterns, and not everyone understands the importance of solid sleep, our goal is to turn your good night’s rest into a great night’s rest.