In the modern world, sleep can often be hard to come by. Many of us are working busy jobs for long hours, constantly on the go and find ourselves under immense pressure to succeed. We’re also inundated with money worries, relationship issues and other concerns. The world is moving a million miles an hour, and sleep has been put to one side.
However, not sleeping well, or not sleeping enough, can have a hugely negative impact on your life. You won’t do as well at work because you won’t be alert and focused. Your relationships will suffer because you’ll be quiet and withdrawn. Your worries will increase, because you’ll be dwelling on them when tired, instead of thinking of solutions with a clear mind, and you could even find yourself facing both physical and mental health issues.
Fortunately, there are some simple things that you can do to help yourself get better sleep. Here is a look at some of the best.
Even 10 minutes of cardio exercise a day can help you to get a great night’s sleep. Even on a busy day, it’s important to fit a little exercise in, especially if you spend your working day sat behind a desk. Try walking to or from work, going out for your lunch or going for a quick run when you get home. Making exercise a regular part of your daily routine can help you sleep, improve your confidence, help you maintain a healthy weight and contribute to making sure that you stay fit and healthy.
Leave Work at Work
One of the main reasons people struggle to sleep is that they are worried about events from their day. How often do you go home, spend the whole evening thinking about work and never actually get any proper time off?
Try to find a way to switch off. Some people find it helpful to talk about their day as soon as they get in, and then leave it. Do something you find fun or relaxing, browse some websites, go for a run, watch your favourite tv show, have a shower or spend some time in your man cave.
Spending your evening on your phone or devices can affect your sleep in a few ways. Some sites, such as social media apps, can make you feel stressed out and are addictive, tempting you to check them in the middle of the night. The blue light emitted by these devices can also make it hard to get to sleep.
So, by all means, enjoy your devices and get online when you get home. But, have a cut off time and leave them in another room when you go to bed.
Stick to a Routine
I bet you left your bedtime routine behind in childhood? Well, if you are struggling to sleep, it’s time to bring it back. Your body gets used to patterns, especially when it comes to sleep. So, try to go to bed at around the same time each night and get up at the same time every morning. Your body will soon adapt, and you’ll be nodding off quickly and waking without an alarm.
Getting a better sleep will help you to feel relaxed, happy, confident and find a new joy in life. If after following these tips, you are still having trouble, speak to your GP who could offer further help.