Remember when you were a kid and you didn’t want to go to sleep? Most of us fought it, begging to stay up that extra half hour. Once in bed though, sleep came easily and a good night’s sleep was a given.
Sleep. We all need it and we all love it. But, as the years go on, sleep becomes an often elusive luxury; no longer the priority but instead treated as the ultimate gift. A gift we should be giving ourselves every night.
So how do you get more sleep, and, more importantly, a good night sleep? It is quite simple – Treat yourself like a kid. Of course, you don’t have the freedom to totally schedule yourself the same way as a child. Life does get in the way. Work or school and the responsibility of family can make it pretty tough. But, you can do some things to make for a better quality sleep:
Schedule your sleep time
Just like a child, try to have a bedtime and aim to hit this bedtime at least 3 times a week to start. After you have hit this goal, try for more nights.
Keep your room tidy
The ambiance of your room can make a big difference in how well you sleep. An organized, tidy space can make for a much more relaxing environment.
Have a bedtime snack
Remember that glass of milk before bed? It turns out that this may be a great before bed snack. Milk contains the amino acid tryptophan and although only present in small quantities, tryptophan in milk may help make you sleepy. Bananas are also great before bed. The potassium and magnesium in bananas are a natural muscle relaxant. Stay away from alcohol.
Turn off all electronics
Most parents make sure that kids don’t have their phones and tablets in bed with them. Bedtime is time to wind down and slow down. Checking your cell phone or reading the latest news on your laptop is counterintuitive to slowing down your mind. If you use your smartphone as an alarm clock, buy a traditional one. They actually still sell them.
Read a bedtime story
Keep a book or magazine by your bed and allow yourself some time to read. This does not mean you can grab your tablet or laptop for a while. No, read a real book. Reading from an electronic gadget does not allow you to slow down the same way as reading from a book. According to a 2009 study from the University of Sussex, reading before bed can reduce stress by as much as 68%
When it comes to sleeping, be a kid. It may be hard to do at first but your body and mind will thank you later.