You wake up feeling tired and dread waking up and going to work. You drink several cups of coffee a day to boost your energy, yet it feels like it’s not enough to keep you awake and functioning. We’ve all been there at some point in our careers. What’s important to remember is that coffee is not a long term solution for sleep. So if you are not getting enough sleep, you should tend to this issue as soon as possible. If you are sleeping, but not resting well enough, it might also become a problem. Regardless, we have prepared for you today 6 tips on how to sleep better and maximize your productivity. Let’s have a look!
Tips on How to Sleep Better
1. Try to Create a Sleep Schedule and Stick to It
Your body has what we call an internal clock. If said clock doesn’t follow a certain sleep pattern, it will never properly set, and you won’t get the most of your sleep intervals. So make sure you set a going to bed hour (usually when you already feel tired) and a getting up hour, and follow that schedule. Even if it’s a weekend and you might be tempted to sleep in, don’t. This will only mess with the schedule you have already created. If you follow a pattern for a while, you will notice how you will wake up without an alarm in the morning.
2. Take Some Time to Relax Before Bed
If you want to feel like you’ve rested, and not simply slept, you could try sticking to a relaxation routine every evening before going to bed. That can vary according to what makes you feel happy and relaxed, from reading a book, to taking a long hot bath, or listening to music.
3. Prepare Your Sleeping Space
The place we sleep in also heavily influences the quality of our sleep. That is why you should remember to make your bedroom comfortable, quiet, dark, and cool. If you fall asleep in such a place, you will wake up feeling more refreshed and rested.
4. Keep Technology Away When You Sleep
Since your bedroom is a place for you to rest, no computer, television, laptop, smartphone, tablet, and so on, should interfere with your sleep. That means keeping them away from the bedroom. Both because they might cause unnecessary light, and because they might tempt you to use them.
5. Stop Drinking Caffeine After Lunch
Even if you tend to drink a lot of coffee and you feel like it doesn’t entirely help you stay awake, caffeine will actually stay in your system for a while. Which means that after you eat your lunch, you should give up coffee in favor of water. That, if you don’t want it interfering with your sleep.
6. Eat Early in the Evening
Ideally, you should eat dinner two or three hours before you go to sleep, so that your body can properly process the food. Also, you shouldn’t eat a lot, or food that is too heavy. This will improve the quality of your sleep in time.
We hope these tips on how to sleep better will help you maximize your potential during the day, and keep you energized and rested. If you stick to them and incorporate them into your daily routine, you will reap the benefits soon enough.
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