According to Wikipedia; sleep is a natural recovering state of mind and body, characterized by altered consciousness, relatively inhibited sensory activity, reduced muscle activity and inhibition of nearly all voluntary muscles, rapid eye movement and reduced interaction with the surrounding.
Sleep is very essential for good health and growth. Research has it that we spend one-third of our lives sleeping. It is expected that a full grown adult should have at most seven (7) hours of sound sleep. Sleep is important to the human body below are some benefit we derive when we sleep:
1. Energy conservation
2. Cellular restoration
3. Brain function
4. Emotional well being
5. Weight maintenance
6. Proper insulin function
Most times, many people find it difficult to have sound sleep due to some poor sleeping habits. This article will help with seven simple steps on how to improve your sleeping habit.
1. Manage Worries and Anxiety
Some time many people pile up a lot of thoughts on their mind before bedtime. Little wonder when it is time to sleep they find it difficult. You must ensure that you resolve all worries and anxiety before bedtime.
The stimulating effect of nicotine, caffeine and alcohol can take some hours to wear off and can wreak havoc on quality sleep. Most people think alcohol makes them feel sleepy, but it can disrupt your sleep on the long run.
3. Stick to a sleep schedule
Most people don't have a sleep schedule. They alternate their sleep hours, sometimes they sleep for 6 hours and another day for 4 hours. To improve your sleeping habit, you must set aside at most 8 eight hours for sleep and stick to it.
4. Don't eat late in the night
We must maintain a balance. Don't go to bed hungry or stuffed. Avoid heavy or large meals within the couple of hours to bed. Eating late and heavy meals might cause discomfort which may alter your sleep period.
4.Create a restful environment
Create a room condition that is ideal for sleeping. A restful and serene environment can mean cool, dark and quite. You must avoid the use of light emitting screen just before bedtime. Apart from this, doing some calm activities before bedtime such as bathing can promote better sleep.
6. Limit daytime naps
What this means is that long daytime naps can interfere with night time sleep. If you choose to nap during the day, limit yourself to about 30 minutes.
7. Include physical activities in your daily routine
Moderate and regular physical activity can promote better sleep. Spending time outside everyday might be helpful. However, you must avoid being active too close to bedtime.
In conclusion, nearly everyone has an occasional sleepless night, in case you have tried all of these seven simple steps, and you discovered that you're still having trouble sleeping, the best thing to do is to contact your doctor. There maybe some underlying causes that may need to be treated to help you get the better sleep you deserve.
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