Does Going to Bed Early Improve Your Quality of Sleep?
We are often told that going to bed early improves your quality of sleep but is that really the case or is it just something that our parents have drilled into us from an early age. We are all aware of the importance of sleep and how a lack of sleep can cause some quite severe health problems but does the time we go to bed correlate affect us or is it just the amount of or lack of time that we sleep that causes of the problems?
Why Does Everybody Talk About Sleep?
Sleep is talked about a lot in our day to day lives, even more than some of us acknowledge, we often find ourselves talking about sleep when we’re at work, in the morning, during meals and the list goes on. But despite how much some of us whine and moan about feeling tired day in day out, we never seem to change our sleeping patterns to put things right. Why is this? Mainly because there are so many stories surrounding sleep that we are starting to just glaze over the problem or it may be that there is so much fact and fiction out there about sleep that we don’t know what is right and wrong and what we can do to improve our quality of sleep!
Talking about sleep is the first sign in figuring out that your body is craving it. Being tired during the day, wanting to have an afternoon nap or sleeping all day on weekends shouldn’t be seen as the norm. Your quality of sleep is not necessarily improved by going to bed early, it’s improve by creating and sticking to a healthy sleep schedule. Yes, a sleep schedule does sound boring but its true, by trying to going to sleep and wake up at the same time each day can do wonders for your quality of sleep as well as your quality of life.
Tips on How to Improve Your Quality of Sleep
Going to bed early may not necessarily improve your quality of sleep but there are many other factors which have been proven to improve your sleep and increase your daily energy. Here’s a few top tips which you can try to integrate into your daily life to ensure that you are getting the highest quality of sleep that you can.
Stick to a Sleep Schedule
We mentioned this earlier but sticking to a sleep schedule is one way to ensure that you are getting a high quality of sleep. Having powernaps, disconaps or nananaps can now be a thing of the past. Say goodbye to wasting your entire weekend trying to catch up on lost sleep from the previous week. A sleep schedule enables your body’s internal clock to work correctly and in turn improves your quality of sleep.
Be realistic when creating your sleep schedule, you need to choose a bedtime that will work with your lifestyle. It may take a little bit of time for your body to become in tune with this new schedule but after a while you’ll find the ease of sleeping and waking up at the same time will improve you energy and quality of sleep.
No More Lie Ins
As tempting as there are, lie ins are simply no good for your sleep or your health. Feel free to laze around on weekends and catch up on TV but avoid spending excessive amounts of time sleeping. Firstly if youre sticking to your sleep schedule then you won’t feel the need to lie in at all because you wont be craving sleep. Secondly, by having a lie in you can disrupt your body’s internal clock this means that you may feel symptoms similar to jetlag!
Start an Exercise Routine
Exercising doesn’t necessarily mean dieting or spending hours on end in the gym, simple exercising such as 30 minutes a few times a week jogging or swimming will be enough. If of an evening you find yourself tired and wanting to go to bed a lot earlier than usual then exercise is a great way to increase your energy levels and after exercise you will have a higher quality of sleep. When you exercise your body releases endorphins which trigger a positive feeling in your body, regular exercise has been proven to reduce stress, ward-off anxiety and feelings of depression, boost self-esteem and improve sleep.
Watch What You Eat
Did you know that there are a range of foods which are fantastic sleep inducers while other foods can disrupt your sleep considerably? Knowing which foods you should be eating and which you should try to avoid before bedtime can have a dramatic effect on your quality of sleep. Foods which are great for helping you get to sleep include toast, cherries, fish, sugar free hot chocolate and bananas. Each food has a unique characteristics which can help your body drift to sleep, for example, bananas are a fantastic source of magnesium and potassium which are both great muscle relaxers.
Foods which should be avoided before bedtime include spicy foods, chocolate, fried foods and ice cream. Knowing which foods to avoid close to bedtime allows you to tailor your meal plan accordingly so you may want to eat a curry but by now knowing that it can interrupt your sleep you could opt to eat it for lunch and choose a lighter option for dinner.
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