We all want to get better sleep, but do we all take the necessary steps to achieve that? According to the National Sleep Foundation, most people say they sleep an average of 6 hours and 44 minutes on work nights and 7 hours and 35 minutes on non-work nights. Today we will explore methods you can use to sleep better!
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Sleep Hygiene Increase Sleep Quality
Healthy sleeping habits are referred to as sleep hygiene. They’re the necessary habits to have a successful night of sleep. It allows for increased sleep quality and full day time alertness.
Let’s look at a few different ways we can improve our sleep:
Cut caffeine consumption after 2:00pm, caffeine consumed up to 6 hours before bed results in diminished sleep quantity and quality.
Amazon Founder, Jeff Bezos says he feels most energized and excited after sleeping 8 hours. He talks how a few extra hours of work can shortchange sleep and provide an illusion of productivity.
Since our body temperature drops before we sleep, its always useful to set our bedroom temperature between 60 and 67 degrees to help the process. Black out curtains are also helpful in setting the mood.
Consistency is key. Allowing yourself to used to sleeping and waking up at a particular time helps adjust your body’s internal clock and improve the quality of your sleep!
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Once you know how much rest you’re getting, use the breathing technique below to help improve the quality of your sleep.
- Close your eyes and pay close attention to your breathing pattern
- Feel the air enter and exit your nose
- Then, try and figure out if the air is cold or warm
- Imagine the air flowing into your body and down to your belly, then back out again
- If you catch your mind drifting, don’t worry, redirect your attention to the exercise and continue breathing
Keep practicing and we promise it will become a part of your sleep routine!
This breathing exercise is a great way to check in with yourself (even during the day) if you find your mind moving faster than you want!
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Meet Alicia Serrato!On a typical night, your body goes through 4-5 sleep cycles. Waking up in the middle of a cycle is likely to leave you feeling groggy and tired. Instead, waking up between cycles can do wonders. How are you supposed to know when to go sleep or wake up for optimal rest?
I use Sleepytim.me! Its a bedtime calculator that helps me figure out what time to go to bed depending on when I need to wake up or should wake up. You might think that you would just take that time and add or subtract 8 hours from it, but its not that simple. Sleepyti.me works by counting backwards in sleep cycles with a complete cycle taking an average of 90 minutes. Give sleepyti.me a try for yourself, I know it’s helped me!
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