Daily activities and patterns do affect how you sleep. Those that are restless sleepers or do not feel refreshed upon waking may need to impose a few lifestyle changes in order to sleep better and feel rested. A schedule may seem boring but it is important to keep, especially when you constantly feel drained. A few simple changes to your daily routine can make a world of difference.
Wake at the Same Time Daily
Wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends and retire at the same time at least five days per week. This puts your body on a schedule so it knows when it’s time to be active and when it’s time to rest. What you do throughout the day affects your energy levels as well as how well you sleep.
A constant sleep-wake cycle is important for balance and cohesiveness. Instead of keeping the blinds and drapes closed in the morning, open them up and let some light in. It is energizing and refreshing.
Energize in the Afternoon
The afternoon is when most people start to feel sluggish. This is the best time to fit in a short workout or have a cup of green tea. You could even have a banana for some energy in the afternoon.
Another helpful tip here is to include omega 3 fatty acids, such as salmon, avocado and flax seeds, in your lunch. These help to feed your brain and give the body more energy.
Wind Down without Electronics or Cocktails at Night
Many people use their computers and watch television until it is bed time. Others have a cocktail or two, or combine these elements together. This doesn’t help the body to wind down. An hour or two before bed shut everything off and read a book or soak in the tub to relax.
Using these tips you will be able to sleep better and have more energy during the day when you need it the most. It is important to relax your mind every night so that you can get a restful night’s sleep for the day ahead.