10 secrets to Awesome sleep!
The secret to Awesome sleep!
- Caffeine: Chug all of the coffees you want — but make sure you have your last cup before 2pm. It takes your body up to 10 hours to get rid of 75% of the caffeine in your system. If you get your caffeine fix any later, and it could keep you up at night.
- Use f.lux to reduce the blue hues emanating from your phone and laptop. It eliminates the eye strain from the harsh light that inhibits melatonin production — the hormone that’s responsible for making you feel tired.
- Take the stairs. Exercise is obviously the best way to tire your body out, but when you don’t have time to hit the gym, it’s the little things that count. Like stairs. Flights of ’em.
- A cold bedroom is a sleepy bedroom. Aim for somewhere between 22° and 25° F to catch some chill dreams.
- If you’re in bed thinking about everything that keeps you up at night, try thinking in images, not words. It’s nearly impossible to clear your mind of all thoughts, but switching the language from sentences to shapes may help you doze off sooner.
- Despite what you learned as a kid, do not count sheep when you can’t sleep! Keeping track of all those sheep is too much work. Instead, dream about where you want to go on your next vacation. Mmmm…. waves…
- If all else fails, get out of bed for a few minutes. Take a lap around your apartment or move to the couch. Continuing to lie in bed tossing and turning may only stress you out more, making it even harder to nod off.
- Don’t hit snooze! Sleep caught between the sounds of your alarm is barely sleep. The snooze button just disturbs REM sleep, which can make you feel groggier when you finally get up.
- Just enter in your wake-up time, and the Sleepyti.me calculator will give you a bedtime that ensures you wake up between REM sleep cycles.
- Eat breakfast within one hour of waking up. Not only should your sleep be on a regular schedule, but so should your meals. Breakfast resets your body clock, much like sunlight.
Originally blogged at: http://blog.casper.com