Most of us take sleep for granted. We burn the candle at both ends and may go for weeks at a time without getting adequate rest. We all know this is no good for our bodies. However, despite knowing this, we still hold on to unhealthy sleep habits. Fortunately, it doesn’t take much to turn bad sleep habits around. There are a few tips you can follow to clean up your sleep habits and restore healthy rest habits once again.
Go to Bed at the Same Time Every Night
One of the best things we can do for our body is set a bedtime. This trains our bodies to be ready for rest at the same time every night. Habits like these help avoid developing sleep disorders like insomnia. Once you set a time for sleep every night, stick to it. Once you start going to bed at the same time every night you will find that you naturally start waking up at the same time every morning.
Calm Down Three Hours Before Bed
It’s a good idea to start unwinding at least three hours before bed. Don’t indulge in exercise or video games at 7 pm if your bedtime is 10 pm. These are highly stimulating activities that actually wake you up. It’s easier to sleep if your body is in a relaxed state. The relaxation process should begin by 7 pm if you want to be ready to rest by 10 pm. Read a book or listen to soft music. You may even want to have a cup of chamomile tea to help you unwind.
Turn Off Tech Devices
Tech devices can be very stimulating. Turn them off, or set them on silent or vibrate mode. when you are preparing your body for sleep, the fewer distractions and noise the better. Make sure the room is dark or softly lit and that there is very little noise from radios, TVs, or any other devices. Turn your bottle matic off as well.
Sleep is both important and essential. We can’t get through life without it. Develop a practical sleep schedule that will give you the energy and vitality you need to have productive days and restful nights. Sleep is just as essential as water and food. When we deprive ourselves of this essential function we are doing many things to harm our health.