Sleep is one of the steps in My Seven Steps – Back to Basics Lifestyle philosophy.
Getting a good nights sleep is a very important factor when it comes to a good health. However, many don’t pay a whole lot of attention to it.
Think about all the factors which can interfere, with a good night’s sleep — from pressure at work and family responsibilities to unexpected challenges, such as the pandemic we have right not, layoffs, broken relationship, financial issues or illnesses. It’s no wonder that quality sleep is sometimes elusive. Although you might not be able to control all of the factors interfering with your sleep, you can adopt habits that encourage better sleep.
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Here is 8 simple sleep tips.
1. Stick to a sleep schedule
Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even on weekends, holidays and days off. Being consistent reinforces your body’s sleep-wake cycle and helps promote better sleep at night.
It might be difficult in the beginning, and if you don’t fall asleep within 15 minutes, you can try listening to soft music or read a book. However to read, you need a night light; use red light as that won’t interfeer with your melatonin production (our sleeping hormone)
2. Pay attention to what you eat and drink
Avoid going to bed either hungry or stuffed. Your discomfort might keep you up. Also limit how much you drink before bed, to prevent disruptive middle-of-the-night trips to the bathroom. Nicotine, caffeine and alcohol deserve caution, too. The stimulating effects of nicotine and caffeine take hours to wear off and can wreak havoc on quality sleep. Alcohol might make you feel sleepy at first, but don’t let it fool you , as it can disrupt sleep later in the night.
3. Support your ECS
You might not know this, but our ECS (Endocannabinoid System), plays an important role in our sleep-wake cycle, and how we dream. This system is fueled by cannabinoids, which we produce in our body. Because of the modern lifestyle, we don’t produce enough, and therefore get deficient.
Adding a really high quality Hemp CBD oil to your bedtime routine, has shown very beneficial.
In this blog, Dr. Steven Todd, a retired board-certified Oral Implantologist and Dental Anesthesiologist, shares the basics about the ECS and what it means for your sleep!
4. Create a bedtime ritual
Do the same things each night to tell your body it’s time to wind down. This might include taking a warm bath or shower, reading a book, or listening to soothing music — preferably with the lights dimmed. Relaxing activities can promote better sleep by easing the transition between wakefulness and drowsiness. Also the above mentioned melatonin production start to increase about two hours before you go to sleep
5. Get comfortable
Create a room that’s ideal for sleeping. This means cool, dark and quiet. Use room-darkening shades, earplugs, a fan or other devices to create an environment that suits your needs.
Your mattress and pillow can contribute to better sleep, too. Since the features of good bedding are subjective, choose what feels most comfortable to you. If you share your bed, make sure there’s enough room for two. If you have children or pets, try to set limits on how often they sleep with you — or insist on separate sleeping quarters.
Another this is to avoid using the TV or other electronic devices as part of your bedtime ritual. Some research suggests that screen time or other media use before bedtime interferes with sleep. In fact, all the small light bulbs from these devises, including smoke detector etc. should be covered.
6. Limit daytime naps
Long daytime naps can interfere with nighttime sleep — especially if you’re struggling with insomnia or poor sleep quality at night. If you choose to nap during the day, limit yourself to about 10 to 30 minutes and make it during the mid afternoon. If you work nights, you’ll need to make an exception to the rules about daytime sleeping. In this case, keep your window coverings closed so that sunlight (which adjusts your internal clock) doesn’t interrupt your daytime sleep.
7. Include physical activity in your daily routine
Regular physical activity can promote better sleep, helping you to fall asleep faster and to enjoy deeper sleep. Timing is important, though. If you exercise too close to bedtime, you might be too energized to fall asleep. If this seems to be an issue for you, exercise earlier in the day.
8. Manage stress
When you have too much to do, and too much to think about, your sleep is likely to suffer. To help restore peace, consider healthy ways to manage stress. Start with the basics, such as getting organized, setting priorities and delegating tasks.
Give yourself permission to take a break when you need one. Share a good laugh.
Before bedtime, jot down what’s on your mind and then set it aside for tomorrow.