Believe it or not sleep is more important than food. If you fast for a week you will be hungry, weak, possibly thinner, but functioning and basically fine. If you deprived yourself of sleep for a week however, you will not be able to function. Practicing new bedtime routines can improve your sleep patterns. Remember, when it comes to sleep, consistency is important. Here are some tips:
- Begin to relax about 45 minutes before you actually turn out the light for bed – Drink a cup of herbal tea and try relaxing by reading a book.
- Write down what’s on your mind before you go to bed – If you don’t your working memory might keep you from falling asleep.
- Setting a regular bedtime – Choose a time when you normally feel tired, so you don’t toss and turn. Try not to break this routine even on weekends when it’s tempting.
- Wake up at the same time every day – If you are getting enough sleep, you should wake up naturally without an alarm. If you need an alarm clock to wake up on time, you may need to set an earlier bedtime.
- Nap if you are tired – If you are still tired, nap during the day rather than sleeping later.
- Fight after-dinner drowsiness – If you notice yourself getting sleepy before bedtime, try to do something to avoid falling asleep. If you give into the drowsiness, you may wake up later in the night and have trouble getting back to sleep.