Traditional Chinese Medicine teaches me that if I skip a night’s sleep, I give up seven days of my life. That’s how important sleep is to us. Sleep recharges our immune system and allows our body to do its magnificent job of rebuilding.
As you set your new year’s resolutions, include one for better sleep. It will save your life.
Cee and I have learned to shut down the computers early in the evening, quiet our activities and begin to dim the lights the closer we get to bedtime. We get ready for that transition. We don’t allow any electronics in the bedroom, either. (Yes, that means no smart phones.) We don’t need the disruption, or the radiation that they give off. Bed time is for restoration, not for checking the phone.
We also try to work a power nap into our day. The best time to nap is between 11:00 and 1:00 PM, but if I can’t fit one into my schedule then, I’ll take one right after work. Power naps are the best! They should only last between twenty to thirty minutes. If that sounds like too little time to make a difference, you haven’t tried one yet. That’s just enough time to allow you to wake up refreshed and re-energized. Any longer than that and you’ll have trouble waking up alert.
Arianna Huntington, in her wonderful book “Thrive”, includes an entire section, “Sleep Your Way to the Top”, describing the effects of too little sleep and how it changed her life. As the founder of the Huffington Post, she put in tremendously long hours taking the online news service and blog from start up to a Pulitzer Prize winning organization in seven years. It almost killed her and forced her to reassess every belief she had in her life, including the need for sleep.
Here are some more tips for you:
- Make bed time a ritual. Buy comfortable pajamas that remind you it’s time to rest and recharge. Take a few deep breaths to calm yourself and remind you that you are transitioning into sleep.
- Set a time for sleeping and keep to that schedule. Put it on your calendar if you need to. Making an appointment to sleep might be the most important part of your day.
- Buy a new pillow.
- Make sure you have a good mattress. If it’s too soft or too hard it will change the quality of your sleep.
- Keep your bedroom cool, dark and as free of noise as you can.
- Avoid a hot bath right before bed. Your body needs to cool down to sleep well. If you like a hot soak, do it at least two hours before you go to bed so your body has time to cool down.
Here’s some extra advice from Prevention magazine.
Sleep well and live long!
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