Sleep, the thing that is so necessary for our well being and yet many times we overlook its importance. What are your sleep patterns and is it impacting your world?
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Sleep is an important element of our lives, and one that is far too readily dismissed as not being important at all. The fact is that you need sleep to function in many respects, and if you fail to get enough of it it can quickly mean that your life quality rapidly declines.
But a lot of people fail to get all the sleep they need, and there is no doubt that this leads to a lot of problems in life – and in society at large as well.
Fortunately, it is not too hard to get more sleep, so long as you know what you are doing.
In this article, we are going to look at some of the theory behind ensuring that you get a lot of sleep.
Are you doing everything you could be doing to enhance your nighttime?
YOUR BED, hmmm!
How well do you know your bed? It might sound like a strange question, but the more in tune with your bed you are, the more likely it is that you will be able to get a lot of high-quality sleep.
Most people end up with beds which are far from perfect, and yet it is really not much of mission to try and make your bed as comfortable and as easygoing to sleep in as possible.
The more you focus on doing this, the more that you will be able to sleep well, so it is really worth looking at some of the separate element involved in a great bed for sleeping.
One such element is for your bed to be the right kind of frame for you. There are many different kinds of frame, and they affect your likelihood of sleeping greatly.
So it is definitely a good idea to make sure that you choose the right one. If you take a look at this guide to slats and mattresses you will see that it also affects your mattress choice – and that in turn is one of the biggest influencers of whether or not you get enough sleep at all.
The better you are able to make these decisions, the more likely it is that you will be able to get a lot of much better sleep. Know your bed as well as possible for a much higher chance of sleeping well night after night.
Nutrition & Sleep
For whatever reason, people often overlook eating and drinking when they are trying to improve their sleep. But if you think about it, your nutrition is tightly wound up with your ability – or lack thereof – to get a lot of decent sleep.
The better you eat, the more likely it is that you will get a lot of hours, so it is worth knowing some of the basics around improving your nutrition. For a start, be sure to eat as many whole foods as you can, and to cut out processed foods altogether if possible, or at least mostly.
You should also make sure that you are drinking plenty of water, as it is basics like these which really make a world of difference to your sleep levels.
Similarly, it might be a good idea to try and cut down on heavy meaty food at night, as this makes it harder to get off to sleep.
Finally, cut down of alcohol to ensure that you do not awaken repeatedly throughout the night from dehydration. With the right nutrition, your sleep will come much more easily, will be deeper, and will be more enjoyable and invigorating as well.
For me adding magnesium at dinner time, really helps me to sleep comfortably and awaken feeling more refreshed and pain free in the morning. Have you tried this?
And also for some of us, chamomile tea is the elixir of pure relaxation about an hour before bed time.
You probably already know that your sleep patterns are governed by your body clock, and that this is tightly wound up with your circadian rhythms.
This is true, but it is also true that if you are careful and clever about it, you can easily alter and change your rhythms so as to sleep a lot better, and more frequently.
You can even ensure that you have more deep sleep, if you know what you are doing. One of the best ways to ensure that your rhythms are on par is to cut out your use of screens.
Using screens is one of the biggest ways that you routinely cause your body clock not to know when it is night time or day, and that inhibits the production of melanin, an important sleep-inducing chemical in the brain.
Put down the phone for at least an hour before bed. If you cut screens out altogether in the afternoon, you will have even better results.
Doing whatever you can to keep your body clock functioning smoothly is one of the best ways to really hack your sleep, and it is definitely worth considering if you want to improve your own sleep starting now.
There are so many factors to consider what might be impacting our sleeping patterns. Whether it is caffeine or stress or our diet. And it is important to find the balance that allows us to get that required 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
Do pay close attention to your diet, your bed, and how you are getting yourself ready for your night’s sleep.
I would like to hear what works for you. Do you have any special sleep schedules or habits that you do to insure your night sleep?
In peace and gratitude,
Founder, CEO, success-full-living.com
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