We have all had at least one sleep deprived day at work where we spent all day avoiding colleagues, day-dreaming and waiting for the clock to hit 5 pm. And that very same night, we still had an internal debate whether to squeeze in one more Netflix show. Sleep is vital. We all know it.
Yet, if there was a pill you could pop and some of its benefits included:
A reduction in stress, risk of heart attack, inflammation, and stroke
An increase in memory, energy, and testosterone
Boosting longevity, immune system function, and muscle recovery
....it would be sold out of every drug store and pharmacy. Sleep does all this and so much more. Yet as many as 1 in 3 of us don’t get the quality of sleep we need!
'A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.'
So what small habits can we start to implement?
TOP SLEEP HACKS:
1. Make sure your room is completely dark….think batman's cave dark. If necessary use blackout curtains or an eye mask.
2. Put your phone on flight mode and lay it on the other side of the room.....not near your head. You want to avoid that annoying pinging going off with every incoming notification (hint: stress alert). You also want to stop the WiFi signals from disrupting your natural sleep patterns. (See below for what the world would look like if you could see WiFi) Bonus: you will also be less tempted to scroll through your phone first thing in the morning and snooze your alarm. Win-Win.
3. Stick to the same time for going to sleep and waking up.....even on weekends. It may be difficult for a few days but you will soon find your body naturally waking up before your alarm clock.
4. Sprinkle some essential oils such as lavender or geranium on your pillows (shouldn’t be used if your pregnant or with children)
Make sure your bedroom is a space for sleeping....not a midnight cinema room.
Limit exposure to electrical devices at least 2 hours before you sleep. The blue light they emit tricks our brains into thinking its daytime. Instead, use this time to unwind and relax. Take a bath, meditate, read a few pages of a book or review your goals for the following day.
You will spend approximately 25 years of your life in bed. Investing in a good bed, sheets, and pillows will probably be one of the best investments you ever make.