There’s no doubt we all enjoy sleeping and acknowledge that being well-rested is very important, but with all of the deadlines at work, your personal projects, and family time, it can be hard to get the proper amount of shuteye you need. However, rest is very important, and not having the time to take a nine hour session doesn’t mean you can’t take out seven or six, or as many as you can. The following tips will help you make the most of your sleeping time, ensuring you get quality, not just quantity.
When you’re still slaving away at the presentation due tomorrow at one in the morning, you know there’s no chance you’ll be able to get in the recommended hours of sleep before you eight o’clock commute. However, this doesn’t mean sleeping is out of the question. Simply take out a timer and set yourself up for a twenty minute power nap. This nap will carry you a while longer, giving you a boost of energy without keeping you up when you finally finish the project at three in the morning.
Having trouble falling asleep? You’re not alone. Insomnia is common, but can be prevented. First of all, cut back on caffeine. Ideally, never consume any caffeine after lunch, and do not exceed more than two or three cups of coffee a day. Another way to fall asleep quickly is to read before bed. Don’t use your phone or computer, as the light suppresses the hormones that bring about rest. Even better: read your school textbooks or any other informational book; sleepiness guaranteed.
Exercise also tires you out, making sleep more deep and restful. Even if you do not usually have insomnia, regular physical activity will provide benefits. Walk or bike when and where you can, play a competitive tournament with friends, or join the gym. However, do not exercise two hours before bed since adrenaline from activity can keep you up. Yoga, however, is the exception. Ending your day with a long stretch and calm, slow movements can also prepare you for bed.
Even on your busiest days, you should try to fit sleeping into your schedule. Otherwise, if you consistently do not get your recommended hours, you could be at risk for many health problems like heart disease; and under eye bags are never attractive. If you have insomnia, try to pinpoint the cause of your condition and adjust your lifestyle accordingly. However, if you still cannot sleep no matter what you do, consider seeing a doctor who will prescribe you medications to take. You’ll feel much better once a good night’s rest no longer eludes you.