A good night’s sleep may be impossible to achieve in this day and age. Although life has been easier and working has become efficient with today’s technology, there are also many distractions that can take away our precious sleep time.
Many studies have shown that not getting enough quality sleep time at night can cause many health problems. Not getting enough adequate sleep has also been linked to many diseases. So, what’s a person got to do to get enough good night sleep?
Here are some healthy habits you can start today in order to get enough good night sleep.
1. Finish you last meal of the day at least three hours before your sleep time.
Consuming your last meal of the day early doesn’t ony help in managing your weight, it can also give you a good night’s sleep. When you eat too late in the night, your body spends energy in digesting your food which make it hard for you to get quality sleep time. Make sure to finish your meals at least three hours before you sleep. If it can’t be avoided (when you are out socializing), go for a light meal instead.
2. Disconnect from your devices three hours before you go to bed.
This may be one of the most difficult habit to practice but it can greatly help you get quality sleep time. Using your laptop or mobile gadget doesn’t only make you feel stressed, the blue light it emits can also affect your natural sleep/wake cycle which can disrupt your sleep at night. Turn off your electronic gadgets or keep them away from your bed so you won’t have any sleep interruptions.
3. Include relaxation in your priorities.
Make time for any relaxing activity before sleeping at night. You can practice some relaxation exercises or just take a long warm bath before bed time. Not only will these activities remove stress and tension, they can also calm your body and spirit which will prompt a good night sleep.
4. Follow your evening rituals consistently.
Many people have different evening rituals before bedtime: some people write on their journal, others take a warm bath, while others make sure they set a schedule for the next day. Whatever your evening ritual is, the key is to follow the same time for these activities so you body will get a signal that it’s time to sleep.
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