Sleep is one of the most important, yet most commonly overlooked, aspects of health and wellness. If you want to be feeling, performing, and looking your best, then you better be hitting the sheets as hard as your hitting the treadmill. However, that can be easier said than done. Today on the blog, we've got all the tips on How To Stop Depriving Yourself Of Sleep, right here!
1. Set a reasonable bedtime.
If the thought of a 9 PM makes you cringe, then aim for something a little less daunting for you. Lying in bed wide awake is not going to be doing you any favors, after all! Preferably, try to set a bedtime that is only just below the time you usually get to bed, and from there bump it back little by little until you reach a bedtime that works for you.
2. Burn off extra energy.
If one of your problems is that you just don't get tired until late at night, then you might try physical exercise to burn off some extra energy and help you sleep earlier. Your body will naturally tire itself out, and you'll be able to sleep earlier, and more soundly! It's a win/win situation!
3. Perfect a bedtime routine that you enjoy.
Get yourself into the habit of finding a bedtime routine that you actually enjoy! Whether thats brewing yourself a nice hot cup of tea, putting on a face mask, lighting some candles, and/or watching some Netflix, a little routine will go a long way in helping your body wind down for the night. In fact, you might even start looking forward to this little "you time"!
4. Look towards your eating habits.
If you stay up late and don't have a clue why, you might want to look towards your eating habits for clues. Are you drinking caffeine after lunch? That might have lasting effects that keep you awake during the night. Are you eating heavy or large meals right before bed? That, too, could be affecting your sleep cycles! Be conscious of your eating habits -- your sleep schedule will thank you!