How do you know if you are getting enough sleep? Most people are creatures of habit and tend to sleep for a regular number of hours each night but could some extra sleep do you the world of good?
Check out this video from YouTube channel 59 Seconds where psychologist Richard Wiseman teaches us the sure signs that you are not getting enough sleep.
There is even a cool little test that will let you know if you are likely to be sleep deprived.
So how did you get on? Did you fail the test? If so, what can you do about it?
Well of course you can simply spend more time in bed and get more sleep. That’s Richard Wiseman advice but as much as I love the guy I’ve got a problem with that.
People that sleep too little tend do so for a reason. These people are time poor or have no desire to lose more hours from their day. They have already sub consciously made the decision to buy the extra time in their day by cutting back in their sleep so these are people who probably will not be persuaded to spend more time in bed.
Thankfully it’s possible to improve the quality of your sleep without sleeping more by getting a deeper more rejuvenating sleep.
Cut back on the coffee
Coffee is a powerful stimulant, that’s why we love it. But if you are drinking more than 1 cup of coffee per day you are at risk of over stimulation.
Caffeine can be a great pick me up but if you are “wired” then your sleep is compromised. Of course, it’s a vicious cycle because when you wake the next day after a poor quality sleep then for many it’s coffee that gets their day kick started.
Try to only drink coffee in the morning and limit your intake. This way by the time it comes to sleep the caffeine will have been removed from your system allowing you to sleep deeply and restfully.
Create the right sleep environment
Human evolved to sleep in the dark. We didn’t have artificial lighting in our evolutionary past and we didn’t have street lights coming in through the curtains. By cutting out the light in your bedroom you send a strong signal to the body that it’s time to sleep.
Also you will benefit from a quiet room at a cool temperature. Being too hot can prevent deep sleep and cause too much tossing and turning.
The one concession I will make to or modern world is a good quality mattress. Thanks to Nasa memory foam mattresses are the best quality we have right now.
Recent studies have shown that memory foam mattresses provide excellent support to the body so that you don’t wake up with aches and pains and draw excess heat away from the body.
Don’t have a digital bedroom
For goodness sake don’t take your computer into your bed with you. And that includes your tablet and your smartphone too. To sleep well you need a settled mind, you particularly don’t need to be reading work email while in your bed filling your mind with stresses.
Appreciate the importance of sleep and respect it. If you go to bed with the attitude… “I don’t have time for this” or “I have things to do” do you think that leads to a relaxing, restorative night?Continue Reading No Comments