Why getting a good night’s sleep is vital for a good day
Not getting enough sleep at night can have an effect on your mood and happiness. Far too many people don’t sleep long or deeply enough. This may seem like something that is just part of the busy world we live in and could even help to make you more efficient during the day, but poor sleep is not something to be taken lightly.
How much sleep do you need?
Getting enough rest on a regular basis is often the answer to being more productive rather than less. If you are tired and possibly even feel a bit irritated during the day, you won’t be able to get as much done as you would like to. While Margaret Thatcher is famous for only sleeping four hours at night, this doesn’t necessarily mean that it was a healthy choice, nor that this method is suitable for everyone. Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos choose to sleep much longer (7 to 8 hours) and still manage to be quite successful. The amount of sleep can depend on your personal requirements, although many experts recommend at least 7 hours each night for adults.
How can you help yourself get a good night’s sleep?
Going to bed early is sometimes not enough to stop you from tossing and turning. Worry will keep you awake, so take the necessary steps to prepare for beds. Which methods you chose depends on your preferences. Maybe they include relaxing in a lightweight dressing gown with a cup of tea before bed or placing a relaxing scent such as a lavender sachet on your pillow. Whatever it is, the last few minutes before bed should be about you and help you unwind.
Exercising during the day can help improve your sleep.
Exercise is particularly important for your health and can allow you to sleep deeply and peacefully. If you don’t have much time or don’t enjoy working out, try taking a walk every day. In an article published by Harvard Medical School, Dr. Karen Carlson, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of Women’s Health Associates at Massachusetts General Hospital, says that “exercise boosts the effect of natural sleep hormones such as melatonin” and further explains that it’s best to take walks in the morning rather than before bedtime.
Preparing your room before bed
Another very important factor that contributes to your sleep health is the area in which you sleep. There are some tricks and tips you can use to get your room ready. Make your bed and remove as much clutter as possible from your bedroom in the evening, since too many things in your surrounding can be stressful. Keeping the room dark and making sure the temperature is not too hot helps many people get more rest.