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Go To Sleep: Keys To Improving Your Sleep Habits

It is very hard to know why you are feeling groggy during the work day and having trouble getting through your days without the added effect of caffeine. Take a closer look at the way you are sleeping, because the solution might be in determining that you need to get a better nights rest.

There are an enormous amount of factors that can result in a night of bad sleep—pressures from anything in life, eating habits, or illness are just a few of the reasons why you may not be catching the z’s you would like to be. Let’s take a look at a few of the ways you can help yourself feel a bit more well-rested and ready to take on the day as a result of a good nights sleep.

Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeinated beverages

If you are drinking alcohol or caffeinated beverages before sleeping, your body foregoes REM sleep, which is the first stage of sleeping. If your body goes straight into deep sleep, and your cycles get all goofed up, to put it simply. Missing out some of the usual amounts of REM cycles in our sleep pattern results in us being a lot more tired when we wake up. Who wants to feel less rested after sleeping? No one!

Get accustomed to a sleep routine

Try as hard as you can to build a sleep routine, where you go to bed and wake up at similar times, with similar hours slept. Developing a relaxing ritual by which your body can tell itself that it’s time to go to bed soon can be extremely beneficial to your overall sleep health. This behavior helps to set your internal clock, making your body the reason that you fall asleep and wake up at certain times. Hooray for moving past the dreaded mornings when you may be late to work because you stayed up a little too late! Even if you take a break every once and a while and stay up late, your body will have gotten so used to waking up at the time you’ve trained it to, that it will inevitably be easier to get up when it matters the most.

Here’s to all you out there looking for a well-rested lifestyle! 

 

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