January 1, 2013
A lot of people claim to have insomnia, but actually they just have horrible sleeping habits. First off, insomnia is a sleeping disorder that is marked by the inability to sleep or the difficulty to stay in sleep. For example, you’re tired, you’re worn out, but still you just cannot sleep no matter what you do or how you try. And even if once you do, you randomly wake up as a result of discomfort caused by the disorder. That’s insomnia in a nutshell. And though it’s true that a bad sleeping habit is one of the many causes of insomnia, a bad sleeping habit is a result of your own decisions, unlike insomnia, which you become a passive victim of. So to avoid having to go into one of the many gateways to insomnia, you must improve your sleeping habits. Here’s how.
The old saying goes, “early to bed, early to rise.” This doesn’t just go as far the time of when you start your day – it also goes as far as to tell you what quality of day you’ll have the morning you wake up. It really doesn’t matter if you’re a morning person or a so-called night-owl; deep sleep almost always occurs from 11pm to 3am, and the best sleeping hours for most people is at least 7 hours, regardless of who you are and what you do.
Set a regular sleeping schedule.
Though the word “bedtime” feels like a notion that exists only in our childhood, it is actually something that contributes a lot to the overall health of the average adult. Your body will always be used to or try to be used to a certain sleeping habit no matter what you do. What matters is what kind of sleeping habit you’re setting. So you’re gonna need a good and consistent sleeping schedule. Just keep in mind the necessary 7 hours that should be within the 11pm-3am time frame. By keeping a stable circadian cycle, not only will your nights be comfortable, but you’ll also be well-rested as soon as you wake up in the morning, too.
Wake up consistently at the same time every morning.
A healthy sleeping habit is not just about sleeping at a proper time, but waking up at a good hour in the morning as well. A sleeping habit is also a waking habit. To avoid oversleeping or lack of sleep, set your alarm clock at the same time every day. Remember to apply this principle seven days a week because, if your sleeping cycle is shaken, your body clock will be negatively affected.
Avoid unnecessary naps.
I know what you’re thinking: “What’s wrong with napping?”Well, nothing is exactly wrong with other than the fact that it could mess up your sleeping habit. Some deem it perfectly logical to redeem their lost sleeping hours by napping. This is not unhealthy by any means, but what about the deep sleep period that we’ve been talking about? You just can’t get deep sleep in the middle of the day through a nap, you know. Another con of unnecessary naps is that when you finally lay your head down on your pillow at night after a day of constant napping, you won’t sleep that easily because you “stole” the sleep you’re supposed to have.
So there you go: 3 simple steps to follow to have great nights and great mornings. It may seem difficult as you read it, but it’s really rewarding.