From a very tender age, it has always been evident how good sleep affects the human being. Babes will cry and cause a nasty tantrum and hullabaloo if deprived of sleep. It is a common thing among most mothers to link a crying baby to either of these two things: an empty stomach or a dire need for sleep. The effects aren’t evident in babies only. They continue to self-manifest themselves even through our adult lives.

In that light note, it, therefore, becomes quite the easy ride when we get access to simple hacks that are used to boost our sleep. Not only does our normal body functioning improve, but our health in general also goes on an upward scale.

1. Consume Less

‘You are what you eat’. I came across this phrase, and after years of reviews, I can ruefully attest to its truth. What you consume, how much you consume it, the times you do so, all these are factors to consider when coming up with an eating timetable. You need to eat less especially when about to sleep. If you are used to workouts and tedious activities, eat heavily in the mornings and proceed your day as you reduce your food intake.

2. Yoga

Talk of letting go of built up steam and stress, yoga is the go for you. Not only does it open up your body and muscles leaving you reenergized, but it also comes into play as a means to release the built-up tension. Yoga before sleep is the daily apple that keeps the doctor and needle away.

3. The Mattress

I cannot put more stress on getting the right quality mattress. A review of Eve shows the choice of the mattress being linked to the sleeping position of an individual and preference. If you’re looking for the smooth soft feel, you also need to consider your position to minimize damage to the spine. A good mattress offers spine alignment, comfort as well as support with the results being a long, deep, undisturbed sleep.

4. Form a Routine

Remember, sleep is a daily affair. You will, therefore, do yourself a huge disfavor if you have irregular processes before sleep. Form a routine that works for you. Remember that people are different – whatever works for you might not be the go for me.

Have constant sleeping hours and specific waking hours too. This gives you a goal and even sets your mind to slumberland – the knowledge that you are to arise at a set time. This way, your body adapts faster, and you might find yourself waking up without the need for an alarm. If you can, read a book at night to set the mood and prepare you for bed.

5. Your Environs

Having a conducive environment almost immediately acts as a sleeping pill. Have your fan on to minimize the temperatures and prevent you from sweating unnecessarily. If possible, put on some relaxing music to compliment your sleep; but if you prefer silence, go for it. After all, speech is silver, but silence…

6. Avoid Stimulants

It is queer behavior for one to take a mug of coffee and head straight to bed expecting to find some rest. Instead, have a glass of wine before bed, if you can afford one, or simply drink water some minutes before going to bed to maintain hydration – not a lot, however.

7. Play With Natural Light

Increase your exposure to natural light during daytime and minimize the same during nighttime. This affects brain functioning, and as a result, forms one of the determinants on the quality of sleep we get.

8. Keep Clean

Your bed is the sacred homage that hosts you most of your life. Give it due respects. Take a shower and brush your teeth before bed as dentists recommend.

Forming a healthy habit and routine gives you the drive and mentally prepares you for bed every single day. If you don’t have a sleep disorder and still find it hard to sleep, try practicing the tips given above and see how that works out for you. No need to thank me, you deserve some good sleep all day, every day!

 Posted by Charlotte on July 27, 2018 Being a Mother  Add comments

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