Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together. - Thomas Dekker
Do you know someone who loves to sleep and sleep loves back just as much?
That person who absolutely has no issues jumping on the nearest bed and snoring before you can even say "goodnight?"
For 70 million Americans who have difficulty sleeping due to insomnia, wakefulness and other sleep disorders, it all remains a dream!
It's not uncommon for people to find sleeping a real challenge.
And because a good amount of sleep is essential to daily productivity, we constantly pursue ways to improve our sleeping habits and make sleep a restful experience to refresh us as we welcome the opportunities and surprises that each tomorrow brings.
However, in this modern world where progress seems to equate with toxicity, we are forced to find the antidote to this poison of sorts that affects our life in every way.
Research shows getting a well-deserved sleep can make a world of difference in the way we deal with life on a daily basis.
Did you know that insufficient sleep is also being recognized as a cause for public health and community concern?
It not only leads to productivity issues; it also causes vehicular accidents, industrial accidents, and occupational errors that can be fatal.
Beat your sleeping problem and become as productive as you can be!
Here are 10 simple yet effective tips to get enough sleep and, ultimately, become 10 times healthier, stay on the safer side and be at your most productive:
1. Be Aware Of Your Sleep Cycle
Everybody is different. What works for you might be detrimental to someone else, and that applies to the cycle as well.
Get an insight into your sleeping pattern and use that information to determine the best solution to your sleeping issues.
2. Determine Your "Peak" Hours
In this day and age, it's almost impossible to talk someone into adopting the normal manner of sleeping.
Today, many people find that they are better in terms of productivity at night while some are comfortable with starting work at the crack of dawn—and they sleep during the day!
As this is common these days among a number of people, experts suggest never to compromise sleep regardless of your sleeping time being normal or otherwise.
3. Manage Your Time Wisely
We hear people say all the time how they're too busy to do something.
This, however, should not be the case with sleeping.
Health professionals suggest at least six hours of good sleep to be really well-rested and recover from the daily exhaustion, so make sure you get that!
Otherwise, do not expect, in the long run, to be in good shape to perform whatever it is that's keeping you busy.
4. Don't Be Afraid of the Unconventional
It's worth reiterating that, as far as sleeping habits or level of sleeping comfort goes, we are all different.
If your schedule restricts you from sleeping at a time when almost everyone is, work your way around it.
Take an unconventional approach if you need to but get the right results to make you sleep better, feel better and become more productive.
5. Be Mindful of Your Food or Drink
Did you know that the manner by which your body processes the food you eat has serious effects on your sleep?
When your body is defending you from, or flushing out, the toxins you get from the wrong types of food you ingest, you effectively disrupt your sleep.
Toxins in your dinner can seriously affect sleep in a negative way.
Don't eat too much oysters, drink too much coffee or alcohol, or take medicine that mess up your sleeping patterns and put your liver to work more than necessary.
6. Plan Ahead
Make it a habit to plan ahead; none of your tasks or duties should prevent you from getting the right amount of sleep.
Understandably, your schedule isn't exactly the same each day.
When you pull late nights for work or entertainment, adjust your 24-hour schedule to squeeze in at least a nap.
And be sure to regain your strength and productivity fully by getting the right amount of sleep thereafter.
7. Embrace new habits and systems to help you sleep better
The Internet, self-help books, or even a random conversation can be minefield.
Get good tips and advice from similarly situated individuals who understand your sleeping issues.
You can try a soothing music background to help you relax and fall asleep.
You can also make hot herbal tea, which health experts say aids in achieving better sleep.
8. Clean your room and change your sheets
A dirty or cluttered room makes a good recipe for sleep deprivation.
And because you simply do not sleep on a hammock by the beach, a tidy room with fresh sheets will do the trick.
There is no substitute to coming home to your clean and happy sanctuary! With zero clutter, a clean room help you sleep better.
9. Invest or make adjustments according to your situation or preference
Do starry nights help you sleep?
Get those star stickers that glow in the dark!
Set your lamp to dim mode or turn it off completely, whichever works for you!
Set the temperature to a level that makes you sleep like a baby.
10. Get a Good Mattress
Take note, however, that not all mattresses are created equal; be sure to get one that kind of helps you and your family sleep better.
As we all lead different lifestyles and are not exactly alike in our comfort levels, there is no ironclad rule to sleeping better and more sufficiently.
The trick is to learn what works best for you and stick to it.
Create routines, form new habits, and adjust freely as you must.
When it comes to rest and sleep, you can't ignore the fundamentals either: eat right, keep your room tidy and invest in a mattress that is worth every penny.
Pick one that works like magic in helping you sleep soundly!
About the author
Julie is a brand new mother of one. She is a health enthusiast that focuses on helping people and companies achieve a better life through the simplest things.
She also does some guest blogging in her free time and some cooking on the weekends.
Her goal in life is to be able to help people better their way of living through her writing.