Imagine you've been planning a really productive day or you know that you're going to have a lot of meetings for which you have to be at the top of your game but then you have difficulty getting to sleep, sleep badly, or miss your alarm. Now, you're tired and late and all you want to do is go back to bed. Sound familiar? I know it does for me!
Getting into good sleep habits can really make the difference in your day to day productivity, creativity and general mood. If you've experienced problems like insomnia or waking up in the middle of the night, however, you know how difficult it can be to attain that far-away dream of a good night's sleep.
Now, like most things worth working for, changing your sleep patterns doesn't happen overnight and it can often be frustrating when just one late night or morning of oversleeping can set you right back to where you started.
If you've been having trouble with your sleep or you don't really know exactly where to start with fixing your sleep cycle, take a look at this comprehensive article entitled 'How To Sleep Better'.
The article starts out by emphasising some general ideas about how to get better sleep:
The secret to getting good sleep every night
Well-planned strategies are essential to deep, restorative sleep you can count on, night after night. By learning to avoid common enemies of sleep and trying out a variety of healthy sleep-promoting techniques, you can discover your personal prescription to a good night’s rest.
The key, or secret, is to experiment. What works for some might not work as well for others. It’s important to find the sleep strategies that work best for you.
The first step to improving the quality of your rest is finding out how much sleep you need. How much sleep is enough? While sleep requirements vary slightly from person to person, most healthy adults need at least eight hours of sleep each night to function at their best.
This information is a great base to start from but if you don't know how to make real changes, the article goes on to offer up 8 'How to Sleep Better tips', which include plenty of examples to try out.
There's only so much help that you can get from a list of tips though and success all depends on your ability to make changes (difficult as they may be) to your sleep routine. But you've got to start somewhere and even taking the smallest of steps, like going to bed just 10 minutes earlier can begin to make a difference.
This article offers a whole list of example of before-bed rituals, food you can eat if you're hungry around bedtime and how to get back to sleep if you wake up in the middle of the night. So head over to the post to see some great advice and real examples of how you can make positive changes to your sleep.
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