Sleep is crucial for muscle recovery and for preparing your body to operate at full speed the next day. Thus, sleep can be considered as a Force Multiplier. We spend one-third of our lives sleeping, making it a powerful tool which is when leveraged in the right way can improve the quality of your life.
Here are a few things you should focus on to take control of your sleep and improve it in every possible way.
Set up a sleep schedule:
Go to sleep at the same time and wake up at the same time every day. Sticking to a sleep schedule will make you feel amazing throughout the day as your circadian rhythm will be set and you will be able to keep it consistent. This is more important than how long you sleep.
It is crucial to relax right before bedtime. When you relax, your blood pressure and heart rate go down. Your digestion increases and you are in a state of relaxation. Create a routine before bed, dim the lights and read a book or do things that can get your body to the state of relaxation. Yoga is another way to get you to the state of relaxation.
Quiet, dark and cool:
Sleeping in the right place is crucial to getting a good night’s sleep. Make sure that the place where you sleep is quiet and dark. Your brain is sensitive to noise even when you sleep and any sound can awaken you, affecting your sleep cycles. Also, keeping your room cool is a great way to stimulate deep sleep. Sleep for as long as you are in a dark, quiet and cool environment.
Track your sleep:
Just like losing weight and putting on muscle, track your sleep progress. Track it to get a clear picture of how well you sleep and then use those measurements to calculate your progress. Chances are that you don’t have the slightest idea of how well you sleep. If you feel like you’re falling behind in your sleep pattern, you can improve it with the information you obtained from tracking it.
Sleep better to live better!