- Stress: Sleep allows your brain to recharge. If you don’t get a full night’s worth of sleep, you can expect your stress levels to increase exponentially. However, when you get more sleep, your brain function will improve and you’ll be better able to cope with symptoms of stress, depression, and other anxiety issues.
- Creativity: Have you ever tried to be creative on little sleep? It’s just not possible. The truth is that the REM cycle when you sleep is one of the things that helps you be so creative. In fact, science has proven over and over again that deep sleep and creativity go hand-in-hand.
- Focus: If you’ve ever woken up after a bad night’s sleep feeling fuzzy and confused, then you know how important sleep is to your brain. Sleep loss not only impairs your ability to think, but it also makes you forgetful and unfocused. Sleep is necessary for a sharp memory and keeping on target at work.
- Happiness: While getting a good night’s sleep isn’t a guarantee of a happy day, it contributes to it. You’ve probably noticed how cranky and irritable you are when you’re tired; that’s because sleep works as a mood regulator. On top of that, sleep leads to a better sex life, and that’s guaranteed to bring more happiness to your day!
2. Ditch the Technology: Do you lie in bed at night playing on your phone, watching TV, or working on the computer? We’re guilty of it. Unfortunately, it is a sleep killer. The technology we use everyday stimulates our brains, revs us up and counters the relaxation process. Even worse, the screen glow messes with your body’s production of melatonin, meaning that you’ll have a more difficult time falling asleep and have poorer quality shut-eye. See if you can leave your phone or laptop outside your bedroom so you're not tempted to play on it when bedtime comes around. If this isn't an option, try setting a technology ban from a certain time of night onwards.
3. Limit Your Caffeine: Don’t have coffee late in the day, no matter how tired you are. The effects of caffeine can last from 8 to 14 hours, meaning that 3:00pm cup of joe can keep you awake until well after 3:00am in the morning. Instead, try drinking less caffeinated beverages such as tea and only drinking them in the morning hours.
4. Get on a Schedule: Guess what? Your body likes to be on a schedule, and that includes a sleep schedule. Just as you wake up at the same time every day, you should try going to bed at the same time. If you just can’t make it happen, then set an alarm for bed. Set the alarm for an hour before your bedtime, so you have plenty of time to relax, meditate, stretch, and write in your Timeless Leather Journal.
5. Start a Ritual: Finally, just as you should stick to a schedule, you should also stick to a bedtime ritual. When you do the same things every night, you’re telling your body that it’s time to wind down. Your routine can include thinking about three things you’re grateful for, taking a bath, lighting a candle, reading a book, or listening to music. Whatever it takes to help you relaxxx...