Statistics show that more Americans get less than the required 8-hours of sleep at night. What the hell are we doing once the sun goes down and the birds stop chirping? As for myself, I have no children to put to bed, homework to check or even a night gig, but I find myself doing laundry at midnight, while watching repeats of Criminal Minds on TV. Sleep, as we all know keep us at peak performance mode and makes us less irritable throughout the day. So why do we find so little time for Mr. Sandman yet expect to function at our 9-5 the next day? Here are a few tips to help you on your dreamland and wake up refreshed and roaring to go!
1. Is someone else keeping you up at night? Does your significant other’s snoring have you tossing and turning all night? Is that loud noise make you think of suffocating them with a pillow—have no fear, make an appoint to the doc’s office if those nose strips don’t work. It may be allergies or even a sinus infection—get it checked out.
2. Stop waiting until the last hour to complete chores around the house. As Thomas Jefferson said: “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” Therefore, why wait for Sunday night to finish tasks that can be done on Friday or Saturday. I am guilty of procrastinating also but in the end I wake up red-eyed and have to drink two cups of coffee to stay awake, all because was up till the wee hours of the morning.
3. Make love, not war. Yes, the endorphins or phenomenon we give off after sex increases our need fall asleep. Let’s face it, if you’re doing it right, sex can be exhausting. Also since it’s typically done at night, in bed, it’s natural for you to go to rest right after. Although this trait is more pronounced in men than women, both genders are tired–so take a nap and wake up in the morning for more.
4. Don’t eat too late. Although, many of us get tired once we have eaten a meal, that feeling can sometimes backfire and leave you too full to hit the sheets. Try not to eat after 7 or 8pm. This way your food will digest properly and you won’t be weighed down by that heavy feeling once its time for lights out.
5. Keep your room dark. If you have a hard time falling asleep at night—you may need to eliminate distractions. Turn off the lights, television, computer screens and radio. Even dim lights can confuse the body’s internal clock. Make your bedroom a calm and quiet sanctuary.