Sleep is crucial for our health. And not just any kind of sleep, but quality sleep.
Now we all know that we should sleep for at least 8 hours per night. However, it is not guaranteed that those 8 hours you will sleep good, nor that you will give your body the rest it requires.
This being said it’s not enough just to sleep for 8 hours, but to make sure that your sleep is good. How to do this?
Well, just like anything in life your sleep can be managed.
We aim to manage our work and family life to near perfection but like so many others around the world, when it comes to managing our sleep we have no idea what to do, except for that “sleep for at least 8 hours” advice we hear everywhere.
Here at Life Coach Code we are big advocates for quality sleep and in this article we’re sharing some tips to help manage your sleep just as well as you do for the rest of your life.
While a virtual doctor visit can help you diagnose insomnia, if you’re suffering from sleepless nights or you have trouble falling asleep, this guide may be all that you need.
5 Ways How to Manage Quality Sleep:
1. Lay the Groundwork for Sleep.
If your room is a mess with bedding that hasn’t been washed in more than a week along with bare walls and uncovered window blinds, it’s time for a makeover.
Start by cleaning the room. While it may not register consciously, there’s a good chance that your brain is registering the mess subconsciously and, thinking that you have work to do, makes it more difficult to sleep.
Straighten up the room, wash the sheets and pillowcases, hang some nice bedroom art, grab some curtains to cover those stark white blinds, and you’ll be one step closer to managing your sleep.
2. Fix Your Foundation.
Admit it, your bed leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to comfort.
If so, then now is the perfect time to use a memory foam mattress guide to find out exactly why you need one, and which one is best for you.
3. Try a Few Supplements.
Managing your sleep can be quite difficult if you become a nurse or doctor, but for the rest of the world, it can be a bit easier.
With CBD infused products, you get all the benefits of the cannabis plant without the high from the THC in marijuana and the worry of drug screens.
However, if you’re still worried about the use of CBD with your job, you can try other supplements that are thought to help with sleep.
These include Glycine, Ginkgo Biloba, Passionflower, L theanine, Tryptophan, Magnesium, Valerian Root, and Melatonin.
However, as with adding any new supplement to your diet or daily routine, please consult a doctor to ensure there are no contraindications for medications you take or underlying conditions you may have.
4. Watch Your Evening Activities.
Aside from watching your caffeine intake late in the day, you should also have a cutoff time for your internet and other device related activities.
Try shutting down at least 30 minutes before bedtime and taking that time to do something relaxing. Work on a custom jigsaw puzzle, read a good book, take a hot bath or relax in the hot tub.
Anything to help you shut down and once you lay down for the night, you can utilize Dr. Weil’s 4, 7, 8 Breathing Method and you could be sleeping like a baby tonight.
5. Train Your Body.
Getting back to basics and simply training your body with a set bedtime can go a long way to managing your sleep.
You likely have a set schedule to wake up and, unfortunately even on the weekends, you likely tend to wake up a few minutes before your alarm time.
That’s because you’ve trained your mind and body to wake up at that time and the same practice can be utilized for going to sleep.
Go to bed at the same time every night and implement the other 4 steps outlined above and you’ll be sleeping better before you know it.