If you caught my blog post last week then you will have discovered just how important it is to have an optimum sleep cycle. This is unfortunately not something all of us enjoy, but there are ways to improve the quantity and quality of the sleep that you are having!
Set an Alarm
Your alarm clock is more commonly used to wake you up in the morning, but you can also set your alarm to remind yourself to go to bed.
Having a bedtime may sound like something better suited to children, but as adults we can benefit greatly from inviting this kind of routine into our lives. If you get to bed at a reasonable time, then you are much more likely to sleep for longer.
You should also then of course set an alarm to wake you in the morning, and try to resist the urge to snooze it when it goes off. Falling back to sleep and then waking again between snoozes can actually leave you feeling groggier and more reluctant to get up and start your day!
Be Conscious of Your Diet
Consuming alcohol or caffeine in the second half of the day can play a part in disrupting your sleep cycle. You may find that these things prevent you from falling asleep with ease, and can also cause you to wake up multiple times during the night.
Furthermore, alcohol in particular can continue to have a negative impact on your mood and how you feel physically the following day.
Create the Right Environment
The place in which you sleep can influence how easy it is for you to fall asleep, and also the quality of sleep that you enjoy during the night. The majority of people find it easier to sleep well in the dark, and also in a room that is comfortably warm, but not overly so.
If it is impossible for you to sleep in an entirely dark room, then consider investing in a comfortable eye mask. Similarly, if it is not possible to keep your bedroom at an optimum temperature during the night then acquire some suitable clothes for sleeping.
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