Written By Finnegan Pierson / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Even though good sleep is important, many adults aren't getting the rest they need to feel their best every night. Not only can a lack of sleep cause you to feel groggy or tired the next day, but it can also lead to a wide range of other health problems as well.
Because of this, even though it might not always seem easy to get enough good sleep, making quality sleep should be a priority. The good news is that while it may seem challenging at times, there are simple ways you can start getting better sleep tonight.
One small thing that can make a big difference when it comes to your sleep quality is asking things like what does awake mean and taking the time to understand the process of sleep better. The more that you are aware of all the processes your body undergoes when you sleep, the more you will realize the importance of quality sleep when it comes to your overall health and the easier it will be for you to make the necessary lifestyle changes to get better rest.
Along with doing some sleep research, it is also important to assess your diet and be aware of how it impacts the sleep you get at night. Many may think that what they eat and when they eat doesn't matter, but the truth is both things can have a direct impact on how deeply you are able to sleep.
Foods that are high in refined carbs as well as grease can put extra stress on your digestive system, which can keep you up at night, especially if you eat these foods later on in the evening or before you go to bed. By opting for more fruits and vegetables and foods that are generally nutrient dense, you can help to improve your hormone function and ultimately your ability to get deep, restful sleep.
While you are watching what you eat, you also need to watch the beverages that you are consuming as well. This can be particularly true when it comes to caffeine. Even though caffeine can be great for getting going early in the day, because it is a nervous system stimulant, it can also keep you going at night as well, even if you are feeling tired.
To avoid having sleep issues due to caffeine, it can be beneficial to limit your caffeine consumption to the earlier hours of the day.
Something else that makes a big difference when it comes to the quality of sleep you get is finding ways to reduce stress. When you are experiencing high levels of stress, it can cause your body to pump out higher levels of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. While these hormones may help keep you alert in stressful situations, they can be detrimental when you are trying to fall asleep.
One simple way to help cut down on stress levels is to begin a mindfulness or meditation practice. When you meditate regularly, you can not only calm your nervous system quickly, but you may also potentially be able to change the way that your brain responds to stress and become more resistant to it over time.
To see the best results from mindfulness, it can be a good idea to practice for at least 20 minutes a day, most days of the week. However, this may be difficult for some when they are just starting out, so beginning your practice with smaller intervals of five or 10 minutes can also be beneficial.
Good sleep is important for maintaining good health. However, many still struggle to get the quality of sleep they need. Even though it may not always feel easy, the upside is that there are simple lifestyle changes you can make to begin getting better sleep tonight.
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Finnegan Pierson loves business and has a passion for Health and technology. Even more interesting is the combination of the two. As a freelance writer, Finn hopes to influence others so they can have positive life experiences.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.