We’ve all been told since we were kids that we need at least 8 hours of sleep each and every night. However, how many of us actually get that many hours of sleep on any given night of the week? Not many.
Sleep, though, is one of the most important things our bodies need to stay healthy. Without the rejuvenating powers that sleep provides, our bodies and minds wear down to the point where we not only lose efficiency in the things we do during the day, but lack of sleep can even make us incredibly sick.
If you are struggling to get the sleep you need and want, here are four simple steps you can take right now to turn your sleep habits around:
1. No Food After 7:00 PM
A lot of people eat late into the night and then try to sleep on a full stomach. This will not provide you a restful sleep. Even while you’re trying to sleep, your body is working hard to digest whatever it is you decided to eat. Give your body some rest by staying away from food a few hours before you go to bed so that your whole body can rest.
2. No Liquid, Either
What do you hate doing at 2:00 am? Waking up and realizing that you have to get out of bed and go to the bathroom. Try to keep your bladder empty before you go to bed so that you won’t have to wake up in the middle of the night and take care of business. Minimizing the times you wake up throughout the night will provide a more restful sleep overall.
3. Decide Between Late Nights or Early Mornings
If you need more hours in the day to get whatever done you need to get done, try and decided between waking up extra early and then going to bed on time, or staying up later but then also getting up later. Some people do better and are more productive when they stay up late. Others feel better and have more energy when they wake up early. Do some tests on yourself to see which option works better for you.
4. Turn Sleep Into a Habit
You can’t expect to go to bed and wake up at a good time one night out of three and expect your body to handle it. Neither your body nor mind works like that. Instead, they are more efficient when a routine has been set and a habit has been formed. Follow the same positive sleep patterns for a week or a month and you’ll notice a big change in how much more restful you feel.