Get Better Sleep and Increase Your Success
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Whether you are building your career or pursuing your degree, success is your ultimate goal. When you want to find success, it is critical that you are able to focus, concentrate and remember everything about the task at hand. While a good diet, exercise and using things coffee can be helpful, your ability to be present and in the moment ultimately depends on how much and how well you sleep. When you do not get enough sleep, you will find that you are unable to keep your mind focused and you start forgetting things that are important.
Getting good sleep should be your top priority because it is necessary for you to be able to work your hardest. There are a few quick tips and strategies you want to learn that will ensure that you are getting the most from your sleep, so that you can realize your potential and be successful in business, school and life in general.
Create a Sleep Schedule
When you want to sleep well, you need to ensure that your body knows when it is time to sleep. This means that you need a solid sleep schedule. You want to head to bed and awake at the same time every day, including on the days that you do not go to school or work. If you find it hard to fall asleep when you schedule your sleep time, give yourself 15 minutes to fall asleep and if sleep does not come, do something relaxing to help promote sleep. A warm bath or a cup of caffeine-free tea are two good options.
Have a Good Bedtime Ritual
You want your body to know when it is time to wind down and get some sleep. Having a good bedtime ritual is one of the best ways to do this. Choose an activity or two that will relax you that will last approximately 30 minutes. Avoid any electronic devices and stick to things like reading a book, meditating or taking a warm bath. You want to avoid anything that is stimulating since this can have the opposite effect and keep you awake. Avoid all electronic devices because these actually work to keep your brain awake, making it more difficult to fall asleep.
Eat and Drink the Right Things
If you eat and drink the right foods, this can actually help to promote sleep. However, it is important that you avoid the foods that are known for keeping you awake. You want to avoid alcohol, nicotine and caffeine since all can have a stimulant effect on the body. You do not want to eat a heavy meal and avoid everything that is spicy due to the potential for heartburn. Focus on foods and drinks that contain tryptophan, such as turkey and milk, since this is a nutrient that works to induces relaxation and sleep.
Make Sure Your Room is Comfortable
How your room is where you sleep has a major impact on whether or not you sleep well. First and foremost, check your mattress and pillows. These should allow for your body to be in the proper alignment as you sleep to avoid waking up with sore muscles and joints. You mattress should support your body and your pillow should properly support your neck. You should test a number of pillows and mattresses to ensure that they are right for you before you decide on one.
Next, you have to make sure that the temperature of your room is comfortable for sleeping. If your room is too hot or cold, you will not be able to get comfortable enough to get good sleep. Your room should be on the cool side, but not cold. Make sure that you have a thicker blanket and a thinner one so that you can choose the one that keeps you the most comfortable.
As you can see, sleep is the most critical part of being successful. Use all of the information above to ensure that you are getting a great night’s sleep every night. After just a single night, you will notice that you are far more alert and focused at work or school. As you continue with your new healthy sleep regimen, you will naturally have a better memory and be more alert and focused. You will be able to get more done and will not need to take as many breaks to get through your responsibilities and get the job, or the homework or studying, done.