The recommendation for the average adult is 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Do you get this? With busy schedules many people push sleep to the bottom of their priority list. It can be difficult to juggle getting enough rest, working full time and completing all your other daily tasks. Sleep can seem like an easy option when choosing something to sacrifice, but in reality it should be prioritized by everyone. Your mood can be affected so much by sleep. Continuous poor sleep and depression have been linked in many cases. Sleep is also one of the most important (and overlooked) factors when it comes to weight loss. Your body needs rest to function properly. Here are some ways you can try to improve your sleeping patterns. Like anything, good habits make it more likely to have success.
1. Create a relaxed environment
Try to avoid the use of computers and mobile phones in bed wherever possible. You need time to switch off your mind and get into a restful state in order to have good rest. A quiet, dark and cool environment has been shown to produce the best sleep quality.
2. Develop a routine
Having a pre-bed routine (as simple as it sounds) will also promote good sleep. 60 minutes before bed try to unwind by having a bath or reading a book. Avoid stimulating or stressful activities such as doing work or exercise. Your mind will be in overdrive and getting into a deep restful sleep will prove very difficult.
3. Set yourself a bed time
Go to bed at the same time each night. Develop a routine for your body and allow your ‘internal clock’ to do the work. If you have the same or a similar bed time each night your body and mind will become accustomed to switching off at this time. The same goes for waking up, rising at the same time each day enables you to sleep better and wake feeling more energized.