It’s the most important program for your body: Sleep. It’s time to hack it…
If you hadn’t heard yet: You are actually still alive when you’re sleeping, and most likely will be alive when you wake up as well. So it follows that your before-bed routine will mandate whether you face your day like Michael Jordan or a boozer – or perhaps a boozer Michael Jordan, but that’s another topic. Treating your nightly rest time as an impromptu pattern you keep between your day to day toil and TV binges, is a sign that you are not doing it right.
Getting enough Z’s is a dilemma to solve, an inquisition to be resolved, a cake to have and eat too. We can’t expect to solve your ritual sleepwalking, except maybe with a gel memory foam mattress but at least we can help you understand what’s happening so that you can be awake when it counts.
Debunk the bed
Firstly, not everyone needs a full 8 hours of sleep. It’s not a rule for every person. It’s been said by psychiatrist Daniel Kripke that folks who sleep from 6 1/2 hours to 7 1/2 hours at night are happier, live longer and more productive than others. We all don’t have the same size of clothes, it makes sense that we all don’t fit in the same length of sleep needs.
While we can get others to do many things for us, we can’t get someone to do our sleep for us. Professionals advice that we do need to take our own sleep patterns into our own control. What we need for our optimal performance is completely individual. This is why you must experiment for yourself. Change your sleep routine and track what happens. For example, try getting to bed 20 minutes sooner, or try a daily power nap. Realize that your productivity will be different so track it.
To maximize your sleep, try these tips:
- Rest Hard: Determine when your productivity wanes and insert a quick nap at that time. Don’t sleep more than twenty minutes or waking up will be harder.
- Wear Yourself Out: Combine robust mental activity and robust physical activity to increase your sleep success.
- Adhere To It: Develop your nighttime routine into your own little personal ceremony. Keep your bright screens away, take time to read and unwind, jot thoughts down in a journal, and do your routine every time. This way your brain will let your body know it’s time to rest and before you know it, you’ll be sleeping peacefully.