Getting the right amount of high quality sleep is very important to every aspect of your health. It helps your body recover from a tiring workout, improves your metabolism, and is responsible for everything that’s happening in the space between your ears. You might be doing just fine, but with the proper amount of sleep, you could be doing even better.
So how do you become a pro sleeper? Here are a few tips:
Identify how much sleep you need
Sleep requirements are completely unique to each person. Age and lifestyle are the two deciding factors, but even if all things were equal, you’d still see difference between two people.
Identifying how much sleep you require is the first step to getting the most out of your sleep. Use a journal to track the pertinent information about your sleep predilections. Record the following:
1. The time you go to bed and the hour you wake up.
2. Determine the total number of hours you sleep. Note whether you took naps or woke up in the middle of the night.
3. Note how you felt in the morning. Refreshed and ready to conquer the world? Or groggy and fatigued?
These three things will give valuable insight into what works for you and what doesn’t.
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Stick to a schedule
Once you have figured out your ideal sleeping routine, stick to that schedule. Go to bed around the same time every night, and set your alarm for the same amount of time every day. After a certain amount of time, your body will adjust to this new schedule and you’ll soon see yourself getting the best sleep of your life.
This extends to what you do right before bed, too. Pay attention to your habits before bed and try to make a routine of that. Obviously, avoid bad habits here like too much web-surfing or eating a big ole plate of flapjacks.
Of course there are days (read: weekends) where you go to bed later than you should have or sleep in. That’s perfectly fine, but in general, stick to this routine as best you can. Your body will thank you.
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Make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary
Your bedroom should be a sanctuary for sleep. When you’re reading to go to bed, make sure that that’s the only thing you’re doing in there. Get rid of exercise equipment, televisions, etc.
The key is to make your bedroom a place where only sleep and…other stuff…happens. That means no talking on the phone, eating and drinking, watching Netflix, or swiping through your phone. Screens in general are bad for sleeping, as your brain misinterprets the light coming from them as sunlight, tricking it into thinking it’s time to get up and get going.
These tips are actually pretty easy. The key, like so many things in improving your life, is just to pay attention and take action.
Have more tips on how to get better sleep? Tell us in the comments.