With just a few easy steps, you can change your sleep routine for the better.
Imagine your bedroom. What does it look like at night? Is there always a television on while you sleep? Does light filter in from the hallway or bathroom? Is your alarm clock particularly bright?
The smallest amount of light can alter your sleep, preventing you from achieving full REM sleep. In turn, this affects your body’s ability to secrete the human growth hormone, which repairs and replenishes the body during the night. Turn off all lights and sleep in full darkness, and you will begin to feel more rested upon waking.
Try going to bed before midnight. Did you know that every hour of sleep that you get before midnight provides you with the same amount of rest as two hours after midnight? You must allow your body to progress through the stages of sleep, toward the 3-5 REM cycles that you can experience per night. Train yourself to go to sleep at the same time every night, and it will become easier to fall asleep soon after your head hits the pillow.
Try taking a calcium/magnesium supplement. Calcium eases stress, nerves, muscle tension and regulates mood. Magnesium is necessary for the absorption of calcium into the body. Taking calcium before bed helps to calm your daily stress and prepare you for a better sleep.
Just by turning out the lights, establishing a routine, and taking calcium, you can improve your sleep by a significant amount. Try it this week, and I guarantee that by next Monday morning, you will wake up feeling more rested.