Why aren’t you getting enough sleep hours?

sleepingchildSleep is a growing problem for many people around the world.  Can they say they have been getting the best sleep they can?  They feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day, so they stay up late at night, go to bed tired and wake up exhausted. And the cycle continues.

If you’re one of the millions suffering from this problem, pay attention to your sleep cycle. Here are some tips for you to make the most out of your sleep hours:

  • The best sleep is sleep done at night. The skies darken, the world quietens, and your body receives signals that it’s time to go to bed. Because of artificial lighting, people are able to push their sleep hours later into the night, but it’s not good for them. If you have a lot of work to do, go to bed, and wake up extra early in the morning to do it.
  • Another good time to sleep is to nap during the afternoon. If you can’t get enough sleep at night, a power nap in the early afternoon is some of the best sleep you can get. Just remember to keep it a nap – no more than an hour or so during the day. Not everyone can find time to take a nap during the day, so if that’s the case for you, make sure you get enough sleep hours during the night.
  • Sleep regularly. Even more important than having enough sleep hours is having regular sleep hours. Sleeping and waking up at regular times every day ensures the best sleep quality your body can get. Establishing a regular sleep cycle takes around two weeks, and can be hard to do. But stick with it – rough those two weeks out to get yourself a regular schedule, and your body will thank you in the long run.

What I have found personally is a regular routine gives me the best chance for quality sleep.  I try to go to bed at the same time each night, and not too late either, so I get enough sleep hours that I need.  I try and relax as soon as I hit the pillow and by doing this I have found the best sleep I have ever had.

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