You can go 3 weeks without food, 1 week without water but what about sleep? Experts agree that one can only go without sleep for about 8 to 10 days.
Despite that fact, many people treat sleep as if it’s a luxury. But it’s not. Sleep is an essential component in our lives just like food and water is. But how many people go without food or water for a whole day intentionally?
The answer? Not many. And that’s because people know they need the fuel from food and water to function properly throughout the day. And the same goes for sleep.
Everyone needs sleep to refuel and recharge our body, to create memories, and to store new information.
Are you part of the crowd that shoves aside sleep or are you constantly finding yourself hitting the snooze?
If you have a hard time putting sleep first but love it, like we do, we’ve got some great sleep hacks for you!
How to Sleep Like a Pro
Up late reading this? Good, this list has been compiled just for you in mind. Here’s our top 5 list of the best sleep tips, ever.
Make sleep a priority
Stop thinking of sleep as a luxury. It’s essential to your health and the National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
Aim to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night so your body can restore, grow muscle, and repair tissue. Pro tip: buy an alarm clock and set an alarm to go to bed.
Sleep in darkness
Artificial lightning at night(LAN) is unnatural and disrupts your sleep-wake cycle by unnaturally elevating cortisol levels at night. When you turn off your lights, your body increase the levels of melatonin pumped out.
Melatonin is responsible for controlling the body’s sleeping cycle and helps you fall asleep faster. Any light entering your room can disrupt the production of melatonin.
So, invest in quality black-out curtains/shades and banish technology from your bedroom so you can eliminate all light and get deep sleep.
Don’t hit the snooze
We know this one can be hard! But when you hit the snooze you disturb your REM sleep…and, in the end, you’ll end up waking up later feeling even more groggy. Huffington Post explains how you can ruin your entire day by pressing that snooze button.
Instead of hitting snooze, just set your alarm for a few minutes later and stick to getting up at that time every day.
Limit alcohol before bed
Many people use alcohol as a sleep aid thinking that it helps them to relax and sleep better. But alcohol doesn’t help solve sleep problems, it creates them.
While alcohol is sedating it actually provides a poor quality night’s sleep. Which means you’ll be waking more throughout the night and spend less time in REM sleep, the deepest phase of sleep.
So, think before you take that chug of beer or sip of wine close to bedtime. Instead, opt for a nice glass of refreshing water or night time tea.
Bask in sunlight in the morning
As we explained before, light is essential for controlling your circadian rhythm and signaling when you wake and sleep. After you get up go for a short walk, aim for about 15 minutes, to wake your body up.
By exposing yourself to natural light first thing in the morning your brain recognizes that it’s daytime and stops producing melatonin.
If you have any other favorite sleep hacks you love, please share with us!