We all want more sleep, more quality shut-eye, yet technology and the fast-paced world we live in can hamper the quality of our sleep. There are some things you can do to ensure you're energised and well rested on a daily basis.
1. Power naps
Otherwise known as nanna naps. Easier said than done, however if you can it would be advisable to take a 10-20 minute nap (no longer than 20-minutes) either on your lunch break, or at some time during the day. This level of sleep is enough to invigorate you to get on with the rest of the day.
Resting right helps you stop and smell the roses
2. Take a Bath
Or a shower if you do not have a bath at home, although a bath at home would be more ideal. Having a bath at the end of the day is a great way to cleanse, even if you're engaged in work that you're passionate about. Ensure you have a relaxing bath (ideally with candles) at least two hours before retiring for the night, to allow your body to cool down.
3. Other considerations
Do not drink any alcohol or caffeine at least a few hours before going to bed, and eat a light meal at night, just enough so you don't get hungry at bed time. A glass of warm milk has a calming effect and prepares the body for sleep. Easier said than done, however ensure your mind is completely switched off. Night time is for relaxing. Technology should be put away and switched off, and has no home in your bedroom.
Furthermore, if you cannot get to sleep within 20 minutes after hitting the hay, then get up, go to another room and read a boring book until you feel sleepy enough to go back to bed. It is also advisable to wake up at the same time every morning - even on weekends. Go outside and exercise without the sunnies. That way your body knows it's day time.
Bathing is a great way to cleanse. Also use good bath soaks.
Remember, we will always have problems and challenges. Let them go come bed time. Have faith that they will be solved the next day or as soon as possible. Its night time, there is nothing you can do about them come bed time. This time is your time for rest. Busy brain = no bed.
If you have any other tips to share on getting a good nights sleep, please share them with us.