November 22, 2012
Have you ever grown tired of counting sheep? You’ve listened to relaxing music from your iPad and have sipped the best tea to the last drop, but you still end up wondering what is happening to your body clock. Tick Tock, Tick Tock. You’re running short of sleep time! You might need some reality check on the things that you should not be doing before your clock strikes Sleep O’clock.
Sure, the steak was lovely, the potatoes were baked to perfection, and the stew was fresh and steamy. Fast forward one hour later; your tummy still feels full from what seemed like your own version of The Last Supper. So instead of eating a full meal for your dinner, try eating light meals at least two hours before your scheduled bedtime.
It is a universally known fact that Nicotine is an upper, a stimulant. Apart from its unhealthy effects on your body, it prevents you from feeling drowsy. If you really are a smoker and cannot quit smoking right away, avoid puffing after your dinner, as this is a common habit of smokers.
3) Watching TV/Playing video games/Using the computer
Asking people if they have a television, laptop, Xbox or tablet in their room is like asking if they are human beings. A lot of research shows that watching television, playing video games, answering emails late at night, merely using the computer, or even texting prevents you from feeling sleepy. These stimulate the mind and promote alertness. Instead of doing these, consider reorganizing your bedroom. Transform it into a personalized sanctuary of rest and relaxation. Remove unnecessary objects that prevent you from sleeping well. Also try going to bed an hour earlier and adjust your waking time 30 minutes to an hour earlier. Use that time to do all postponed work from the night before. It is also said that people who wake up earlier feel less stressed as they have ample time to accomplish their tasks.
4) Drinking too many fluids
Onto the last few hours prior bedtime, limit fluid intake as this will lead to more trips to the bathroom. Trips to the bathroom impede your bedtime. We don’t want that. Of course, limit your intake of coffee throughout the day especially if you are very sensitive to the effects of caffeine. Try tea as a substitute for coffee.
5) Working/Deep thoughts/Arguments
Many couples think that it is better to put an end to an argument before going to bed. They say it clears the mind, making them both feel less stressed and anxious. Meanwhile, studies show that arguments and deep thoughts should actually be avoided because it ups the mind and makes it harder for you to go to bed. Emotions play a big role in our bedtime.
Arguments and deep thoughts are parts of a normal human life. It just goes to show that effective bedtime habits not only mean avoiding nicotine and caffeine, limiting fluid intake and regulating diet, and not watching television at night, but it also means that people should slowly change other habits, be more patient and understanding, and decrease stressors in their life.