When you wake up, do you immediately look forward to going back to bed? When the alarm goes off, does it seem as though you just closed your eyes? It's time to get a good night sleep! After all, it's amazing what a restful night's sleep can do for your body.
Battling chronic exhaustion will force you to find ways to get more rest, or it'll bring on ill health. Naturally, you'll want to develop an effective sleep routine before your body forces you to rest. Try these tips for a good sleep!
1Make Your Bedroom Your Sanctuary
Keep your bedroom neat and quiet, so you feel calm upon entering. Your bedroom needs to be a getaway from the stress of the day. When a TV is on, even if you aren't watching it, the light output feels almost as great as the sun. This confuses your body and makes it hard for it to "shut down" even after you've turned off the screen.
If you have a TV or a home office in your bedroom, it will interfere with your ability to go to sleep. Move the television out of the bedroom. At the very least, try placing a sheet over it so that you're not tempted to watch it before bed.
2Keep Your Room Dark
Your body is designed to sleep when it's dark. If you're not used to this, try it for a while anyway. Children are used to sleeping with a light on, but you'll soon realize that it's a huge distraction in getting to sleep.
Pull the curtains closed, turn off all the lights, shut your door, then sleep like you're hibernating! Many stores sell "blackout" curtains that block out the sunlight, so the room remains dark. Consider using these curtains to darken the room entirely.
3Exercise During The Day
Exercising during the day releases stress hormones to help you feel more relaxed. Most forms of physical activity will pep you up and give you more energy immediately afterward, so make sure you exercise well ahead of bedtime. The energy you receive from daytime exercise will provide you with more restful nights because your body will be less stressed and more relaxed.
Even though yoga is considered relaxing, it may keep you awake if done in the evening hours. Plan your exercise routine either in the morning or late afternoon. Exercising gives your body a total makeover.
4Make Yourself A Bedtime Routine
Bedtime routines don't only work with kids. If you get in the habit of going to bed at a certain time, your body will expect you to be sleeping. Some recommend milk right before bed as it contains the sleep-inducing chemical, tryptophan.
Create a bedtime routine that involves things that makes you tired, such as soft music, a warm shower, light reading material, or journaling. Television stimulates the mind too much, which can cause difficulty sleeping. Try recording your favorite nighttime TV shows to watch the next day rather than staying up late.
5Leave Daytime Stress Outside
To rest well, you'll want to put aside things that keep your mind whirling. By following a calendar of things to do the next day, you can put your mind to rest. Make sure you've dealt with all the questions that keep you awake before you lay down, like what bills need to be paid, what time the doctor appointment is, and so on. This frees you up for sleep.
Once you've learned to rest well at night, you'll experience a significant improvement in your quality of life. No more yawning through the mornings and the tired, grumpy you will be replaced with an energetic person ready to take on life. So, what are you waiting for? Start a relaxing bedtime routine tonight and wake up feeling refreshed tomorrow!