26 Mar 2024

 6 Strategies Supplementing Sleep!

There are a few things on this Earth that all people have in common. One of them, everyone sleeps. That said. We all know how important sleep is, but still avoid it! Why? Sleep is scientifically proven to be the time when the body recovers. Health, memory formation, and stress levels are all linked to sleep. 

Throughout history, leaders, scientists, and philosophers have described the benefits of sleep. For instance, even the Dalai Lama once said, “Sleep is the best meditation.” 

By now, it should be apparent that good sleep is a crucial first step in improving any skill. Yet, sometimes “good” sleep is easier said than done. As a result, here are 6 strategies to help you count a few more sheep. 

  1. Consistency – go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time. Consistency improves your REM sleep to be on a regular schedule. 
  2. Temperature – to sleep, your body has to lower its core temperature by 1 degree Celcius. The ideal bedroom temperature is said to be around 18 degrees Celsius. So keep it chilly. 
  3. Darkness – darkness increases melatonin (the chemical that makes us want to sleep). Try to avoid any light when trying to go to bed (screens, lights, etc.). The darker the room, the more melatonin. 
  4. Switch it up – if you are having trouble falling asleep, let us say 25 minutes or more, do not lie in your bed. Get up and do something else. Read or walk, but staying in bed starts to cause our brains to link restlessness to our bed. Beds should be for sleep only. 
  5. No caffeine/alcohol – Alcohol affects the quality of your REM, and Caffeine blocks the receptors in your brain that create the feeling of tiredness. 
  6. Create a “going to bed” routine – As I am sure you know, it is rare to fall asleep immediately. You have to wind down. Creating a “going to bed” routine calms you down and tells your brain you will sleep soon. Pick a calm activity. 

That said, if you have a disorder regarding sleep, these tips may not apply to you. Try reaching out to a professional to solve these problems. 

Sleep is our body’s unique and strange way of resting. It is something we “get to” enjoy, not something we “have to” do. With these tips, I hope you all get a good night’s rest tonight! Sweet dreams. 

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