There’s nothing worse than waking up to your blaring alarm having struggled through another patchy night of sleep. Counting down the hours until you have to get up will leave anyone listless and bleary-eyed, when all you really want to be is full of energy and ready to tackle the day. Follow these top tips to help you recharge your batteries with a proper night’s sleep.
- 1. Set yourself a regular bedtime
The body thrives on regularity. Try to avoid staying up extra late to watch that action flick you’ve already seen, but can’t remember the ending of – chances are you didn’t enjoy it that much first time if you can’t remember it! Your body will become accustomed to your new bedtime and naturally become drowsier as it approaches. If you make a habit of staying up late, glued to the TV screen, you are basically attaching your body to a drip feed of energy, which won't allow you to sleep.
- 2. Stick to your alarm clock!
Avoid the urge to hit the snooze button. If you force yourself awake promptly after the alarm goes, your body will soon adjust and naturally wake up, even without the alarm. You will start to notice yourself feeling more refreshed on awakening and less inclined to snooze – but you have to take the first step. Remember, that it is always much easier once you are up and active.
- 3. Curb your caffeine intake
Obviously a high-caffeine drink, such as coffee or even tea, right before bed-time will inhibit your chances of a successful night’s rest. But, afternoon beverages can also affect the peacefulness and length of your shut-eye, as well as reducing the amount of deep sleep you receive. Try to avoid caffeine after lunch if possible, and certainly not after dinner-time.
- 4. Get your diet right!
Eating a heavy meal right before bedtime will place a large demand on your digestive system and the work your stomach will be required to perform could affect the effectiveness of your sleep. Foods with complex carbohydrates, amino acids and muscle relaxants, such as potassium and magnesium, are conducive to a better night's sleep.
- 5. Make yourself as comfortable as possible
There’s no use in ticking all the other boxes if your bedroom, and specifically, your bed, aren’t up to scratch. Don’t skimp on quality when it comes to bedsteads, mattresses and designer bed linen – it could make all the difference to your night’s sleep, and to the day that follows. Make sure you shut all outside noise and distractions as well, as these will only serve to detract from the sleep-filled sanctuary you have strived to create.
When it comes to resting, you need to make sure your body gets all the help it needs, so you can process the day’s events and prepare yourself physically, mentally and spiritually for the one that follows. Taking a little bit of care with your bedtime routines can save no end of headaches in the long run, and will leave you feeling fresher, fitter and ready for whatever the day brings.