5 Helpful Hints to getting a good night’s sleep
We know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep as part of a healthy lifestyle. Outlined below are 5 tips to help you get a good night’s sleep.
Never oversleep because of a poor night’s sleep. This is the most crucial rule. Get up at about the same time everyday, especially on the morning after you’ve lost sleep.
Set your Body Clock
Light helps to restart your body clock to its active daytime phase. When you get up, go outside and get some sunlight. The calves of your legs act as pumps and get blood circulating, carrying more oxygen to your brain to help get you going.
Keep physically active during the day. This is especially important the day after a bad night’s sleep. When you sleep less, you should be more active during the day. Being less active is one of the worst things an insomniac can do. Strenuous exercise (brisk walking, swimming, jogging, squash, etc.) in the late afternoon seems to promote more restful sleep. Also, insomniacs tend to be too inactive a couple of hours before bed. Do some gentle exercise – a stretching routine has helped many people.
Don’t Take Naps
Do not take any naps the day after you’ve lost sleep. When you feel sleepy, get up and do something. Walk, make the bed, or do your errands why not try a gentle stretch? This will increase the flow of oxygen to your brain and help you to be more alert.
Set A Routine
Firstly, try to go to bed at about the same time every night, be regular and consistent. Most people get hungry at 7 a.m, noon, and 6 p.m because they’ve eaten at those times for many years. Going to bed at about the same time every night can make sleep as regular as hunger. Secondly, go to bed later when you are having trouble sleeping. If you’re only getting five hours of sleep a night during your insomnia period, don’t go to bed until just five hours before your wake up time. For instance, if you’ve been waking up at 7 a.m don’t go to bed until 2 a.m, remember “No naps!” Make the time you spend in bed sleep time.
Still some insomnia? Go to bed proportionately later. Then, as your time in bed becomes good sleep time, move your going-to-bed time back by 15-30 minutes a night, and do that for a week or so. This is the opposite of what we want to do, we want to go to bed earlier to make up the lost sleep. Learn to do what many sleep laboratories teach – go to bed later the night after losing sleep.