Is Your Sleep Optimized?
Sleep. Everyone does it, everyone needs it; but not everyone is convinced how important it is. It can be easier for us to get by on a very low amount of sleep with our double shot expressos and cups of green tea; yet, is this really the best way to get by?
Sleep matters far more than you might realize. During the sleeping process our bodies are rejuvenated and essential repairs are conducted. The memory cells are refreshed, granting for greater focus and recall of important details. Essentially, sleep is the reset button for your body, rebooting you so that you are able to run at full speed the next day.
Poor sleep patterns can interrupt that process and by doing so, we do far more harm to ourselves than good. For most of us, getting into a healthy sleep habit doesn’t come naturally because we have things like work, or the spouse and kids to deal with. Sometimes it seems that sleep comes in dead last in our list of priorities!
But just because it’s been dead last doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. Choosing to optimize your sleep patterns will unlock a healthier lifestyle with decreased stress, improved mental function and a greater amount of energy in your day. Doesn’t that sound great?
So how do we optimize our sleep schedule? Truthfully there are a lot of ways to do it but the most effective way to optimize your sleep is to make a willful, conscious decision to do so. Once you set your mind to changing your sleep patterns so you can improve your life, you will be able to implement a set strategy to do so.
So what goes into an optimized sleep pattern? In a few word: comfort, intentionality and consistency. Let’s take a look at each quality.
Comfort: When you look at your sleeping quarters, ask the question, is it comfortable? It might seem like a given but when you’re exhausted, anything will do. Take some time to evaluate and find out just how comfortable your bed is and what you can do to improve it.
Intentional: Do you have a specific routine before you go to sleep? It’s easy to lay in bed and browse on the phone for a few minutes…only to see that it’s an hour later and you’re wide awake. A good sleep routine can include preparing the bed, brushing your teeth, putting your phone away and settling down for the evening without any major stimulation.
Consistency: The key to getting the most out of your sleep is to have a consistent schedule in which you go to sleep and wake up at the exact same time every day. This will lead your body to adjust to the schedule and falling asleep will be much easier than living on a variable schedule. The quicker your body is able to get into a restful state, the longer time you have to rest in the night
So there you have it, just a few great ways to optimize your sleep so that your day is all the better. Get some rest, you deserve it!
Nick Hasche is the Editor of Sleepy Deep. His goal is to help people harness the full potential that sleep has to offer. You spend one-third of your life asleep. Why not make the most out of it?