At some point or another, we all feel sleepy. That’s ok, sometimes, but it becomes a problem when sleepiness interferes with our daily routines and activities and our ability to function.
When you don’t get enough sleep you start to go into debt…sleep debt. Just like a credit card with high interest, once you charge too much, it becomes a huge burden to pay off. Here are some tips on how to get your “sleep finances” in order:
- Get the right amount of sleep every night. Everyone is different but for an average adult, 8 hours of shuteye each night is required. I must admit, I don’t get this either. Most days it is between 6-7 hours. But something to work on right?!
- Get up and go to bed at the same time. No matter what day of the week it is or if it is the weekend, get up and go to bed at the same time. This has a huge impact on your energy levels. I still haven’t broken this habit but I am getting better.
- Sleep in a cool, dark place. If you room is too warm, it prevents you from entering your REM sleep which is the state of sleep where your body rebuilds itself. Too many visual stimulants and lights can also have this same effect.
- Abstain from caffeine, alcohol, or nicotine. I like to recommend this a regular thing but most importantly, stay away from these three things after 3 pm. They will cause difficulty in falling or staying asleep.
- Regular exercise. Exercise not only increases your energy levels by 20% but it can also help you fall asleep better. But make sure to avoid exercising 2-3 hours before bed or your energy boost will be at the wrong time of the day.
- Eat well. A healthy, balanced diet is your fuel to keep going. Eat lots of vegetables and proteins and make sure drink as much water as you can. If you have a day where you haven’t gotten enough rest and are sleepy, your diet for the day can make all the difference in your energy levels.
Try putting these tips into action and get out “sleep debt.”