Happiness for me consists in being in good health, sleeping without fear and waking up without anxiety.Francoise Sagan
Stress levels worldwide are in the red. Very red, I would say. Those who are stressed are already the majority and I could point out a myriad of reasons why this state is reached, but I will only mention one of them, which is the one I want to talk to you about: lack of sleep.
The risks of not getting enough sleep
When we don’t get enough sleep for our body to recover from daily demands, we put ourselves at risk in so many ways that you couldn’t imagine. For example, not sleeping has an impact on the development of heart disease, diabetes, psychiatric illness and something that worries a lot, obesity. As if that were not enough, it also causes changes in our behavior by causing slow thinking, poor concentration, fatigue, anger, nervousness, bad mood and, of course, stress. Sleeping is like charging the battery of our cell phone: if you don’t, it will stop working; For this reason, even if it does not seem like it, it is something to which you should dedicate enough time. Some say: “I’ll sleep when I die” but sleeping is not a luxury, even though it seems like that today.
Sleep is a need of the body and as such you must consider it. It often happens that it is difficult for us to fall asleep due to worries, pending and activities that we need to carry out. However, in my opinion the culprits are our own habits, which prevent our body from relaxing and preparing for rest.
What to do to sleep more and better?
Below I would like to share with you some tips that you could make part of your nighttime rituals. Suggestions that in themselves also account for the habits that threaten your rest, so taking them into account could be the solution to your sleep problems:
Try to go to bed always at the same time
Ideally, you should not have the television in the room but if this is the case, turn it off when you decide that it is time to sleep
If you need to listen to sounds because loneliness scares you, it is best that you put on music that you like, preferably relaxing and at low volume
A glass of warm milk or tea can help
Make sure your room is clean, tidy and the scents are pleasant. A study I read a while ago said that bad smells can cause nightmares
Try not to drink stimulant drinks for several hours before going to bed
A bath before bed is pleasant and relaxing
Try not to overeat at night
If you have a lot of worries, I recommend that you make a habit of saying a prayer before going to sleep. This can help you find peace of mind by giving yourself the opportunity to say out loud what is troubling you.
There are people whose sleep problems are conditions that require medical intervention, for them my recommendation is that they seek the help of a specialist. For the rest of us who sabotage our rest by doing everything we shouldn’t when going to bed, I urge you to put these suggestions into practice and don’t be discouraged if things don’t improve the first time, as it is necessary. have patience. Human beings are routine, so creating and undoing them takes time. Related to this topic, I invite you to read the following articles.
Start this week and notice the difference: the routine before bed You can also read: Insomnia, enemy that does not sleep