This is a guest post by Nicole Noel. Nicole is a contributor to many blogs and editor at HighStyLife magazine.
Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together. – Thomas Decker
Sleep is essential for our health, and unfortunately it is something we often skip to achieve some other things concerning our careers, families or social life. Some people, on the other hand, have troubles falling asleep or sleeping well due to daily stresses or other issues. Sleep deprivation can have a devastating impact on your health, and even in its mildest form it can disturb your focus, mess up your memory, create troubles in your eye-hand coordination, cause mood swings, etc. Here are some ways to prevent all that from ever happening.
Reform Your Habits
Most of the problems in life, especially in health, come from habits you were unwilling to change. Do not allow that mistake to ruin your good night sleep. Ditch the alcohol, cigarettes, coffee and unhealthy processed food – they will only cause trouble sleeping and interruption in sleep patterns. Reforming your habits does not only mean getting rid of the bad ones, but introducing the good ones, as well. So make sure you change your diet in a way it includes high-in-antioxidants meals, healthy fats and protein. Try not to eat foods heavy on your stomach after 8pm.
Learn to Relax
It sounds silly, but many of us have forgotten how to actually relax due to the rapid life pace we are living. There are several ways to relax, which will help you induce sleep faster and sleep better in general.
- Just breathe – You know how when you are upset someone says “It will be ok. Just take deep breaths”? Well, it actually works.
- Aromatherapy – This ancient practice of relaxing both the body and mind with the power of scents will help you address many problems besides sleep, including headaches, digestive issues and stress.
- Hot bath – Warm water is known for its relaxing and sleep-inducing capacities. Make even a better combo by adding a few drops of lavender oil into it.
- Massage – A relaxing massage can lead you into a state similar to deep sleep, and contribute to the stability of sleeping patterns.
- Self-massage – If you want the job done, do it yourself, right? You can relax and feel more energized after a self-applied massage of the appropriate points on fingers, feet, hands and ears.
- Spending time in a retreat – Visiting a spiritual retreat should not be your last resort. Instead, you should go regularly to fill up your energy tanks, learn to relax and breathe properly, eat healthy, spend some time in nature, be active and find balance.
It might sound strange but resting can sometimes make us even more tired. So instead of just lying down, and waiting for some sudden wave of energy to fill you up, get up and get moving. It will make your blood flowing, boost your energy and help you fall asleep faster in the evening. Exercising outside has multiple benefits, because at the same time you are in touch with the nature, and you can do all sorts of fun activities such as cycling or walking with your friends, playing with your dog, dancing on the fresh air, etc. These activities might exhaust your body, but it will relax your mind and prepare both of them for a good night sleep.
Never Go to Bed Nervous
Relax before you go to bed. You can do that by meditating, practicing yoga, stretching, or simply reading a book that soothes you. Avoid watching TV or surfing the web, and remove all the digital distractions from your bedroom. If you design your bedroom in a sleep-friendly manner (soothing colors, warm, soft and inviting furniture) you will have better luck falling asleep.
Mind Your Body
Now that you have got your mind covered, take care of your body, by giving it a comfortable lumbar support mattress and pillow. Also, make sure you do not put yourself in uncomfortable positions. There should be no empty spaces between you and the bed, your neck should be supported and your knees should not be joined (separate them with a pillow or cover).
We wish you a good night sleep and an energetic morning.
Nicole is an avid traveler passionate about yoga and healthy living. She loves to explore different cultures and share her experiences with others. In her free time she likes to prepare healthy and delicious food for her friends. You can find her on Twitter and FB