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 16: Consider Taking GABA
In addition to melatonin and 5-htp, GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) aids in sleep. It’s known to be a neurotransmitter that improves mood and cognition. GABA is even used as a natural anti-depressant. Sleeping pills that contain zolpidem and eszopiclone bind to receptors in the brain that are meant for GABA. In addition, these substances inhibit orexin, a naturally-occuring chemical in the human body that also controls sleep. People who suffer from narcolepsy have little to no orexin available. With the prolonged used of sleeping pills, your cognitive ability and mental performance will be impaired. If you have had trouble in learning, forgetfulness and even sleepwalking behaviors the day after taking these sleeping pills, then you need to take GABA immediately to restore your cognitive function. However, like all supplements, do not overdose on GABA.
Step 17: Keep Your Mind Still and Disciplined
There is a fine line between being disciplined enough to fall sleep and forcing yourself to sleep. Forcing yourself to sleep means that a part of you resists something. You cannot relax if you are resisting a part of yourself. The resistive part is usually a combination of biological and psychological factors. Some people are so convinced that they are doomed to stay awake until the morning. This type of behavior acts like a self-hypnosis. You believe that you cannot (or should not) sleep because experience says you cannot. However, you can reprogram your beliefs through meditation. Calm your mind and free yourself from disturbing thoughts. Meditation can be as short as 5 minutes or as long as 45 minutes. Close your eyes, sit still and comfortably and count backwards from 30 to 1 as you inhale and exhale slowly and deeply.
Step 18: Room Makeover
The sense of order is a biological instinct. The appearance of the surroundings has a great effect on how you feel. Because you spend a third of your lifetime sleeping, your bedroom has therefore a great impact on your health. If you do not feel eased or relaxed when you see your bedroom, then it’s time to do a room makeover. Keep in mind that your bedroom must promote relaxation. You may design your bedroom to reflect your personality, but make sure to keep the lighting warm and dimmed and the temperature cool. Keep your workload off your bed. Buy a cabinet or storage box to contain the clutter in your room. Keep your clothes, shoes, coins, keys and belts stored properly. Invest in good quality furniture. Wood, glass and metal furniture looks significantly better than plastic ones. A makeover does not have to be expensive.
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