Sleep is so important for us but it is so difficult to shut our brains down and just relax get into REM and recharge those batteries for the next day. This blog will help you go out there with unstoppable energy and feel better than ever before.
Step 4: Avoid Stimulating Activities
This step is the direct opposite of the third step. Before going to sleep, you must avoid stimulating activities so your body and mind will be calm. Stimulating activities cause your heart rate to increase, therefore increasing your body temperature. They also induce your mind to think hard. If you cannot avoid rehearsing your day before sleeping, write it down on a journal to avoid pent up emotions and then go to sleep. 2 to 3 hours before going to sleep, avoid the following as much as possible: Doing stressful work or school assignments – Under stress, the body releases the hormone cortisol in order to increase alertness. Cortisol will prevent your body from lowering its temperature. Discussing difficult emotional situations – Thinking about the person you don’t like causes your body to release adrenaline in attempt to prepare you in a flight or fight response against your “enemy”. Doing anything analytic.
Step 5: Only Sleep When You Are Truly Tired or Sleepy
You will only fall asleep if you are sleepy or tired because that signals your body that it needs rest. If you lie down and attempt to sleep, you should be fast asleep within 10 to 20 minutes. If not, then go out of bed and do something that would calm you down. Tire yourself down, but do not make yourself active. Some people find exercising before sleeping beneficial, although there are doctors who are against this habit. Get out of your bedroom and start reading in your living room. Reading a fictional book helps to tire and calm you down simultaneously. If you dislike reading, you can try to meditate for 5 to 15 minutes to keep your mind still. The point of this step is to avoid forcing yourself to go to sleep.
Step 6: Avoid Looking at Your Clock
Most people who find it difficult to fall asleep have the habit of checking their clocks or watches to see how many minutes more have they been awake. Moreover, some people who cannot stay asleep also check their clocks in the middle of the night. Sleep experts advised people to avoid this because this gives a stressed feeling, making it hard to fall back to sleep. Do not force yourself if you suddenly find it hard to go back to sleep in the middle of the night. Follow the 20-minute rule; you should be asleep within 20 minutes or else you are not ready to go to sleep, even if you badly want to. Get out of bed or sit down on a comfortable couch and then start to read or listen to soft, relaxing music. Do this with a dimmed and diffused lighting.
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