It’s not uncommon to wake up tired. There are mornings where we find ourselves hitting the ‘snooze’ button, constantly yawning on our commute, or darting straight to the coffee machine for that kick of energy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three adults don’t get enough sleep. While it is possible to function on little sleep, the goal is to function at your best. Here are three ways to ensure you’re always getting a good night’s sleep.
Keep a Consistent Sleep Schedule
According to the National Sleep Foundation, a consistent sleep schedule helps your body fall asleep and wake up around the same time every day. Try to turn in early. This may seem obvious, but when there are a million things that you “need” to get done before the next day it’s easy to get tangled in the everyday grind instead of focusing on a strict “bedtime.” Prioritize and ask yourself, “Can this wait until tomorrow?” Keeping your task load to a minimum can be difficult with new responsibilities popping up daily, but try to only take care of the things that you need to get done versus want.
Avoid a landslide of tasks by planning ahead and knocking out your “need to get done” tasks earlier. Consider meal prepping at the beginning of the week so you won’t have to live with the hassle of cooking after work every day.
Unplug So You Can Unwind
This means all electronics. Try to disconnect at least 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime. According to WebMD, the “glow” from electronic devices interrupts the production of melatonin, a hormone that induces sleep. If you can’t fall asleep without the TV, or some sound source, try listening to calming music to help you relax instead.
One way to wind down before bed is meditation. In addition to its awesome benefits, meditation helps relax the mind, thus, making it easier to fall asleep. Focusing on the breath helps take away from any stressful thoughts running rampant in our minds. You can also try reading a book or magazine. The key is to stay away from electronics.
Your Environment Matters
Is your room cluttered? Is there too much noise outside your window? Is your bed comfortable enough? How about your sheets? The environment you sleep in greatly affects your sleep just as the environment you work in affects your workflow. Scan your room to see what you can shift, throw away or change. If your issue is an uncomfortable bed, turn to a company like Casper. They understand that a good night’s sleep is integral to health, wellness and happiness.
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