Sleep is an imperative part of a healthy lifestyle. Lack of sleep may lead to weight gain and effect the functioning of brain. The quantity and quality of our sleep have both deteriorated with the changing times and stressful lifestyles. Here are 5 ways that will help you wake up feeling refreshed
Including physical activity during the day can help you sleep better. Even walking helps! So get that body moving and work out. Ensure that you finish the workout a couple of hours before you hit the bed so that endorphins and oestrogen's released post workout don’t interfere with your sleep. Adding a small workout to your daily routine can make a big difference in the way you rest at night.
“Early to bed and early to rise….”. That was the saying of yesteryears. Today, it’s more important to try sticking to a fixed time to sleep and wake up. Avoid social jet-lag by ensuring that you go to bed every night and wake up every morning at the same time even on weekends. You body and brain create memory patterns and you won’t need the alarm clock anymore.
Ensure that your bedroom is not your ‘Gadget room’ as well. Keep the TV, Laptops even cellphones, if possible, out of the bedroom. Your bedroom should be used only for sleep. Block outside light and noise with heavier curtains. Ensure that your bedroom temperature is set as per the weather and your bedsheets are clean.
Too much caffeine into your system can give you sleepless nights as well. Studies show that your afternoon kick can last a long time. Avoid caffeine post afternoon. Substitute your coffee and tea with water whenever possible. Keep a check on that cuppa!
As the day comes to an end, our metabolic rate slows down and thus, the digestion doesn’t work the same way as it does during the day. Moreover, your body is meant to relax and rejuvenate at night and not digest food. Ensure that you are eating light and a couple of hours before the bedtime. So, pass that extra bite and say yes, to a flatter tummy and a happier you!
Plan your bedtime and sleep tight!