In the US, people have made it a badge of honor to be constantly busy and fatigued.
You shouldn’t be proud of either of those things. Getting adequate sleep is just as vital to your health as diet and exercise. Poor sleep habits can result in excess weight, hormone imbalance, and poor cognitive function.
Here are five ways for you to get a better night’s sleep:
- Pull your shades or curtains open the minute you get up. Getting some daylight first thing helps reset your internal clock, which will help you sleep better at night.
- Go to bed at a reasonable time, or when your body is tired. So many people stretch their days out and sacrifice their rest in the process.
- Give yourself an hour to wind down. No screens, no studying, no news. These are all things that will interfere with sleep. Also, anything that you try to commit to memory within sixty minutes of falling asleep is often lost. Your brain doesn’t have time to file it into long-term storage.
- Use aromatherapy to help you sleep. Lavender sprayed on your pillow can help you relax into sleep. Vanilla, chamomile, and cedarwood are good alternatives.
- Turn your clock away from you. When you’re having a bad night, looking at the time only makes it worse. If you’re really restless, try getting up for a while — without the television or your phone. Sometimes the warmth of your bed when you get back in relaxes you enough for sleep.
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