Whenever we talk about staying healthy and fit, there are a few things that instantly come to our mind. These include regular exercising, proper and healthy diet plans, protein and vitamin supplements, etc. But, we usually forget a very essential factor that affects our health that is ‘our sleep cycle’.
When we were children, we were always taught, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise!”. But as we grow older, we get buried under a lot of responsibilities related to family and career. These responsibilities often end up making us stressed.
In such a scenario, most of the people struggle with their sleep cycle. Either, they compromise with their sleep to complete their work or they end up rolling from side to side in bed due to stress. Except for this, we are living in the digital age. Scrolling through social media feeds, chatting, and binge-watching all night has become a part of the night schedule for most of us.
All these habits result in an adverse effect on our health. From a cranky mood all day to laziness and weight gain, a bad sleep cycle has many side effects.
Also, as we are trapped in a pandemic situation, it becomes very important to keep our health and immunity at its best. It is right, that masks, sanitizers, and PPE kits are there to keep us safe from getting infected. But, you should also make sure that you are healthy from inside.
Here are some of the best tips that will ensure a better sleep cycle for you, keeping you healthy and glowing all day long.
1. Stick to a fixed sleeping time
First and foremost, you need to stick to your waking time. You cannot get a proper night’s sleep if you get up at a different time daily.
If you want your body to get in a scheduled night cycle, you need to decide a time at which you should wake up daily. Even on weekends, you should follow your schedule. This will make your body and sleep cycle disciplined and provide you a good rest.
Also, once you start waking up at the same time daily, you will naturally start feeling dizzy at a particular time in the night. This will set your sleep schedule as required.
2. Minimize your daytime naps!
Sleeping for a very long time in the day affects the quality of your night sleep. You will face problems in falling asleep. So, make sure that you either do not sleep during the day, and even if you want to take a nap, take a small one (an hour or so).
3. Good bedding results in a quality sleep!
Your bedding also affects your sleep quality a lot. You will get good sleep if you opt for the right mattresses, bedsheets, and pillows. Look after what makes you feel comfortable and relaxed. Whenever you go to buy a mattress, select the one which feels most comfortable for you and your spine.
Use soft pillows so that your neck doesn’t feel any kind of strain. Opt for bed sheets and pillow covers that are soft to touch. Such small steps will take you much closer to quality sleep at night.
4. Put the lights off!
Lights, generally, tend to create disturbance and take your sleep away. So, whenever you go to bed, make sure to black out your room.
Turn off the lights and cover-up your windows. If you are living at a place that can’t be completely blacked out, buy a sleep mask.
5. Quiet surrounding
Just like the lights, sounds also disturb your sleep. So, try to sleep in as quite set up as possible. If your fan or any equipment is making noise, get them changed or repaired.
Also, if possible, keep your phone volume down as well. While making sure your surroundings are peaceful you will get a better quality of sleep for sure.
6. Exercise regularly!
Exercising regularly also helps you in getting quality sleep at night. It is not essential to work out a lot, just a light exercise a few hours before bed will also do the work.
If you plan a workout routine a few hours before sleep, make sure that it is not very intense. A hardcore workout near your sleep time might end up blowing your sleep away. Hence, if you are a gym person, go to the gym either in the morning or at least 3-4 hours before your bedtime.
7. Keep a check on your caffeine intake!
Caffeine drinks like coffee and tea are used by many of us to stay energetic and away from sleepiness. But, too much caffeine is not good for your health as well as sleep.
So, make sure that you keep a check on your caffeine intake throughout the day. Also, try to avoid caffeinated drinks near your bedtime.
8. Eat early!
If you take your dinner late at night, you may face difficulty in sleeping. This is because your body will still be working to digest dinner. So, try to eat early and if possible, go for a light walk after your meal. Also, it is best for your health and sleep if you take light and easy to digest dinner.
This will not only help you in sleeping well but also keep you healthy and fit.
9. Stay away from screens!
Increased exposure to screen lights like your mobile phone, television, and laptop also leads to bad sleep quality. Hence, stay away from your phones and laptops before going to bed. If not for long, keep your digital equipment at rest at least half an hour before going to sleep.