Desperately want better sleep? Here is what you may be doing wrong

Desperately want better sleep? Here is what you may be doing wrong

A wise person once said, “Tired minds don’t plan well. Sleep first, plan later.” And we can’t agree more.

The repercussions of a sleep deficit are not just limited to ineffective planning and slower responses but go as far as disrupting the ability to form memories. People who either get less than the recommended amount of sleep during nighttime or struggle to get any shut-eye at all are not only good candidates for a host of health problems such as heart diseases, obesity, diabetes, and depression but also face a hard time in their relationships and perform badly in focus-driven tasks like driving. 

Scary, right?

A study conducted by American and British researchers on insomnia reveals that your genetics may be blamed for why you toss and turn in desperation each night. However, there are certain habits that induce a less-than-optimum quality of sleep as well. Some of the habits below might be keeping you from getting that all-important shut eye: 

Habit #1

Do you find yourself craving and ultimately succumbing to a caffeine surge later in the day?Stop in your tracks!

It’s not groundbreaking news that caffeine consumption is linked to insomnia. Did you know that it takes anywhere between 8 to 10 hours to break down just half the amount of caffeine in your system and that this process slows down as we age? 

Side note: drinking more than four cupsof your favorite brew in a day will steal your sleep away!

Is that 4 pm espresso still on schedule?

Habit #2

While we humbly acknowledge that technology took us to unimaginable places, regrettably, it also robbed us of some of the greatest pleasures of life, including slumber.No matter how many times you’ve heard this before, we shamelessly reiterate this again: TURN OFF all the screens around you when the clock suggests its bed time. Period.

‘Internet Addiction (IA)’ is one of the biggest reasons that keeps us glued to our screens all day long and even during night time. A study conducted on Korean adults found that individuals with IA have a tough time maintaining sound sleep as well as getting to sleep in the first place and are more prone to suicide. Need more reasons to ditch Instagram and Twitter in the pm?

Habit #3

Are you sleeping on the wrong mattress?

As simple as it may seem, this might be a problem from which all your sleep issues emanate. Common sense dictates that comfortable bedding is needed for getting that envious sleep which equips you to face the day ahead, but there is more to it than just that. According to Arya Nick Shamie (MD), who is an associate professor of neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, the mattress you sleeps on should neither be too firm nor too soft. Michael Breus, Ph.D., who is a WebMD sleep expert and author of Beauty Sleep: Look Younger, Lose Weight, and Feel Great Through Better Sleep states that the right mattress makes you feel like you are floating in the air and may not be the same for everybody.

Keep that in mind when you browse the Sealy website www.sealy.co.zato find the perfect bed for you. 

Habit #4

Ah!! That vicious cycle of sleep deprivation and then sleeping in late to make up for it. On the weekends, do you find yourself partying late into the night and then sleeping in on the weekends? Bad idea. Here’s why.

What you’re ACTUALLY doing is jeopardising your biological clock and confusing your body (wake up? Sleep? What do you want?!). You oversleep one morning, keep tossing and turning in the night, oversleep the next day again and voila! You have officially messed up your sleep routine.

Do your body a favor and hit the bed at the same time seven days a week, 365 days a year, and you are out of danger zone.

If you find yourself doing any of the above things then it is time to step back and make amends. After all, nothing is more precious than your physical health and the well-being of your brain. And it all starts with sleeping well!