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 7: Get Adequate Sunshine.
People are not biologically wired to stay boxed up at home or in office cubicles, nobody is. As a result, a few of the things that you can find outdoors can benefit your health and your circadian rhythm. It has been mentioned earlier that the circadian rhythm of humans can be influenced by light. The brighter a room is, the more stimulated you feel and the dimmer the lighting is, the more relaxed you become. This explains the harsh, white lighting in offices and workstations. In addition, it’s not just artificial light that influences the body clock. Sunlight also plays a role in keeping a healthy wake and sleep cycle. First thing in the morning, tie your curtains to allow the sunshine to get into your room. During your break at work, take time to spend a few minutes under an adequately sunny area.
Step 8: Maintain a Consistent Sleep Schedule.
Have you ever heard some people say that their body clock is a wreck due to overtime or “hellweek” at university? What they mean to say is that they are not able to fall asleep and wake up in time anymore. In order to achieve high quality sleep, maintain a consistent sleep pattern. It may be impossible to sleep at, for example, exactly 11 PM sharp every night so just try to stick as close to 11 PM as possible. If you wake up at 4 AM to go to work, go to bed at times around 10 or 11 PM. Keep your sleeping pattern consistent to avoid a morning jetlag which usually happens on Mondays because most people stayed up too late on Sundays. To improve your sleep furthermore, wake up around the same time almost every day.
Step 9: Have Short or No Naps at all.
Naps can increase the desire to sleep. However, naps are beneficial to people who wake up early, particularly around 5 to 8 AM. If you wake up around 12 noon and took a 2-hour nap at 3 PM, that means you will remain active through the night. Naps are meant to restore energy that is why it’s recommended to either have short naps before 5 PM or do not nap at all. The ideal naptime is around 12 noon to 2 PM. Some Asian countries allow students and employees to have a naptime around their break time to increase their productivity throughout the day. If you find yourself mentally exhausted in the middle of the day, have a short nap. A 30-60 minute nap is the most beneficial and practical. If you tend to oversleep, you can set an alarm.
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