Have you logged in the hours of sleep for the week? If you’re lucky to get 8-10 hours then your ahead of the curve. But for most of us, this in not the case. The struggles of day to day leave us in a battle for good quality sleep. I cannot stress the value of sleep for recovery and overall quality of life. so if you are serious about either, here are some tips on how
- Sleeping in total darkness promotes a deeper sleep. Try to sleep in complete darkness, use a mask to cover excess light or find a way to blacken out the windows. But be careful, if it is too dark it might put you in too deep of a sleep and your risk oversleeping.
- Make sure it is not too hot or too cold. Climate should be ideal so that the body can regulate its temperature.
- Just like you train your body to wake at a certain time you should also teach it when to retire to bed. By creating this habit, you promote a healthy system and ensures that you get the same amount of sleep every day.
- If you have a hard time getting to sleep, look to your physician or look into some over the counter supplements that help promote natural sleeping habits in the body. I sometimes take melatonin when my quality of sleep is compromised. Just be forewarned, it may react negatively with other medications so speak to a physician before taking.
Once in a deep sleep, your body can begin its natural process and run through different cycles of sleep. During these cycles your body goes to through different process such as resetting of the nervous system, producing HGH and cortisol just to name a few. So just remember good habits promote balance and ensure prolonged wellness in your future.