How much sleep are you getting each night? How do you feel when you wake up? Do you feel energized or lethargic? Do you jump out of bed ready for a new day? Or do you struggle to wake up at all? Our energy levels and productivity are very closely linked to the amount of sleep we get. So, are you getting enough?
Think about it. When you get very little sleep (let’s say less than 5-6 hours in a night) you tend to feel very lethargic, grumpy, moody, you have less patience, you have less tolerance, you’re less productive, you’re not as healthy and just generally you have much less zest and enthusiasm for life. Don’t you? In fact, you might even say that a lack of sleep changes who you are as a person. It makes you a bit soggy.
But what happens when you’ve had a good 7-8 (or even 9) hours of sleep? Well, generally you’re the complete opposite! Upbeat, happy, enthusiastic, more tolerant, more creative, more productive, much healthier – much more everything! You’re a better person to be around. You probably even like yourself more. Makes a pretty big difference doesn’t it?
If you’re like most people you’re probably struggling to find the time to get enough sleep. You have a million things to do and less time to do them. So let’s look at some tips than can help you get more sleep starting today.
Tip number one. Set your bed time thirty minutes earlier than you are currently going to bed. You have to get up at a certain time (usually because you need to go to school or work) but you don’t have to go to bed at any particular time. You set that yourself. It makes sense that you want to maximize your free time in the evenings, but you have to set a limit.
Tip number two. Stop stimulating your brain just before bed. If you watch TV or listen to loud music or go on the net, you’re stimulating your brain when it needs to be shutting down. Instead, just sit quietly for 10 or 15 minutes and relax. It’s a very simple thing to do and 10 minutes of quite time won’t make a big difference – but watching hours of TV when you should be sleeping will!
Tip number three. If you have thoughts running through your mind write them down and get them out of your system. Once all your thoughts are written down on paper (or put in your laptop or into your notepad in your cell phone) you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can nod off.
Tip number four. Have a power nap. If you’re super tired during the day don’t deprive yourself of sleep. If you’re in Maths class and you’re bored then just doze off. Just kidding! Don’t do that. But if you can have a 10-15 minute kip at some point (preferably not during class) it will really boost your energy levels.
Tip number five. Make hump day the day you go to bed really early. It’s Wednesday, it’s hump day (because it’s the middle of the week). The week is starting to take its toll on you. You’re getting pretty tired. Instead of just letting that trend continue (until Friday night at which point you go to bed and sleep for the entire weekend due to extreme exhaustion) plan to hit the sack super early. How early? The earlier the better!
If you do nothing else, make sure you find a way to make sleep a priority in your life. It’s truly amazing what a difference a good night’s sleep can have. If you want high energy and a zest for life to be a constant in your life, just sleep your way to it! Whatever works for you is what you should do. But give sleep great importance and you’ll certainly reap the benefits.
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