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Better Sleep for a Healthier Body

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 · 0 comments

More often than not, we usually take for granted one of the most important phase of our daily routine – that is sleep.  Almost every one of us is guilty of this.  We tend to be more focused on the food we eat, the amount of time spared for exercise and yet deprive ourselves of eight hours of sleep.  Most of us believe that when we reach the age of thirty and up, we only require six hours of sleep. This is where most of us are wrong.  Adults need eight hours of continuous sleep everyday in order to keep ourselves healthy and fit.  It is the time when we get out metabolism intact, when we have just about enough time of sleep.

To be healthy and fit one must discipline themselves to get eight hours of sleep every day.  On the other hand, most of us simply cannot because we are confronted with sleeping issues.  Perhaps we can remedy the sleeping issues by following these simple yet effective ways in getting that good night sleep that we need.

We should have a time of the day wherein we set ourselves when to wake up and when to go to bed to sleep.  A schedule that we should be guided every day in order to establish a routine so that our body clock will eventually be tuned to the time we set.  Next would be very painstaking for some to follow as this would entail a bit of sacrifice, like if one engages into vices for example alcohol intake, smoking, then they must do something to curtail the quantity of their intake of alcohol and the number of cigarette sticks they smoke per day.  As alcohol and cigarettes are few of those dreaded causes that will lead to acute insomnia.  Also, it is a good idea to stay away with coffee and any other caffeine rich drinks before going to sleep.

Now that we live in an age where gismos, gadgets and latest technology are all within our reach, these things also affect our time in sleeping.  Basically our time of sleep is drastically reduced due to time spent on television, movies and internet activities in the evening.  The presence of artificial light can trick your body into believing that it is still day time and influence your body to keep awake.

We thought that taking a nap during the day would keep our body boosted up for the rest of day.  This simply complicates things as the body is set to sleep in an hour not devoted to sleeping and eventually this disrupts the body clock which could trigger the difficulty of sleeping during the night.  Therefore, try not to take a nap during the day. It is best to exercise in the morning where the sunlight is available.  The sunlight resets your body clock to normal.

Lastly, learn to relax and keep your pace.  Learn relaxation strategies that would help you switch your mind off in the night.

Use the abovementioned tips and surely you will have that good night sleep you need.

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