Do you get enough sleep at night?
We’re always told that we need a certain number of hours of sleep per night, but is that actually true? There’s been a lot of research done, but new evidence is coming out that it’s not necessarily all about how much sleep you’re getting.
The quality and consistency of your sleep might be just as important to help you heal while you sleep as the number of hours you’re getting. That’s the most important thing at the end of the day, isn’t it? Feeling refreshed and rejuvenated when you wake up in the morning.
Today, we’re going to discuss 9 of the ways that you can help heal your body and mind through sleep. Follow these and you’ll be ready to take on each day with a sense of happiness, health, self-worth, and vigor.
Well, there’s no time left to waste. Let’s get started!
9 Ways to Heal While You Sleep
Ideally, we’re all able to get the proper amount of sleep every night. That’s simply not the case in practice, however. Even if you’re in bed for 8-10 hours per night, it’s the quality of sleep that really matters.
So, for those of you that find yourself tossing and turning all night, you might not be healing the way you should during sleep. We’ve all had the stressed-out feeling of not being able to get to sleep when we know we need it.
You’re not alone. According to a consumer report, 27% of Americans struggle with falling asleep or staying asleep. These disorders end up leading to increased risk of illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, depression, and anxiety.
Let’s go over how you can avoid some of these illnesses and actually increase your overall health and wellness while you sleep.
1. Avoid Caffeine Late in the Day
We know that good, quality sleep is what allows you to heal, so actively taking measures to make it harder to sleep should be avoided. One of the biggest culprits that keep people up at night is caffeine.
You might say, “I only drink coffee at work” or “I always have a pop after dinner”, but the effects of caffeine last at least 4-6 hours. If you have multiple cups of coffee in the afternoon at work or a soft drink at a movie, you’re not helping yourself sleep and thus heal.
2. Re-Examine Your Bed
Different people find comfort in different things. What you’re sleeping on and under actually have an effect on how well you’re sleeping. It makes sense when you think about it, you should feel as comfortable as possible when falling asleep so you can get through the first stages of sleep restfully.
Try out different pillows and sheets to figure out what’s making you feel better in the morning. Check out these silk pillowcase benefits and you’ll see how helpful something as simple as sleeping on silk can be. Everyone’s different though.
3. Sleep Meditation
Meditation at any time of day is proven to help your mind heal. Sleep meditation, however, is done while you’re asleep and it’s proven to help you wake up with a greater sense of self-worth, relieve feelings of depression, and boost your mood overall.
4. Get Rid of Devices
We live in a digital world, but that doesn’t mean that our sleep should be interrupted by our increasing number of devices. The light that our computers, phones, and tablets emit is actually sending waking signals to our brains, keeping us up at night.
Phone manufacturers are getting better at allowing us to dim this blue light from their devices during bedtime, but why not just leave your phone in another room at night?
5. What You Eat
What you eat and when you’re eating it is going to have a huge impact on your ability to heal through sleep. When you eat, your body uses the energy from the food to fuel you throughout the day.
If you’re prone to eating within a few hours of going to bed, your body may not have burned off the calories that it should, leading to sleep disruption.
You may also be at risk of gaining weight when you eat late at night because your metabolism slows down when you sleep, so those extra calories might end up getting stored as fat instead of valuable energy.
6. Maintain a Routine
Keeping a bedtime routine and maintaining consistency are thought to be as important as the number of hours you get. We’ll talk about relaxing before bed next, but rapid changes in sleep patterns can contribute to a lack of quality sleep, even when you’re getting lots.
Basically, 7 hours every night is better than 5 hours one night and 9 the next. It’s not always possible, but getting to bed around the same time every night will help you get that restful sleep and let the body adapt to your sleep schedule.
7. Find Ways to Relax Before Bed
Speaking of your sleep schedule, it’s good to schedule in nightly activities that allow you to wind down and chill out before bed. Relaxing before bed can help ease your body into sleep.
Another big issue when it comes to laying awake at night is anxiety and stress relating to not being able to sleep. Do your best to curtail these anxious feelings by having a cup of chamomile tea, meditating, or doing yoga before you sleep. Try not to stimulate your mind too much, instead focus on relaxing your body.
8. Essential Oils
Do yourself a favor and buy a humidifier with an option to add essential oils. Oils can promote better sleep and leave you feeling refreshed when you wake up. At the core of it all, your brain and body respond to the senses and different essential oils promote different reactions from the body and mind.
Try out lavender, valerian, sage, bergamot, and peppermint. See what works for you and let these oils guide you into a restful sleep.
9. Sleep When You’re Tired
When you can’t sleep, but know that you need to sleep, it can take you down a dark and depressing path. There is a difference between being tired and being sleepy, however.
The bottom line is that when you’re truly sleepy, you’ll be able to sleep. Forcing yourself to sleep when you’re tired isn’t going to help you heal because you’re just going to get stressed out and anxious.
Those feelings have a way of building up and getting worse over time, so don’t stress out. Go through meditations and try doing some midnight yoga if you can’t get to sleep. Tiring out the body may be all you need to do.
Feel Happier, Healthier, More Engaged, and More Beautiful
What we know for sure is that allowing the body and mind to heal while you sleep is going to leave you feeling like a completely different person. It’s easier said than done, but follow through with some of these tips and we’re sure you’ll be feeling like your best self soon.
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