It’s fair to say that no matter how long we sleep each night, we want to gain as much from it as possible in order to feel healthy, energised and awake the following morning.
Well, on top of trying to get the recommended 8 hours every night, there are a number of little tricks you can try to boost your energy for the following day. Here’re our top suggestions.
Humidify Your Bedroom
Particularly in the summer months, we tend to go to bed pretty flustered. This is because we are worrying about the heat in our bedrooms and how we are going to get a good nights sleep.
Walking on a humidifier in the run up to your bedtime and throughout the night will freshen up the air, making things less stuffy.
Using this trick can also add a whole new meaning to the phrase beauty sleep, as humidifiers are very effective in keeping your skin hydrated.
Remove Blue Light
Blue light is a much more specific term than light which is blue. It refers to a form of light which has a particularly short wavelength and among many other things, can be lethal in disturbing our sleep.
Blue light is emitted from things like phone and TV screens. When we are exposed to them, our body shuts down its production of melatonin, a hormone which is crucial to making us sleepy.
While we can block out sunlight with curtains and blinds, our bedrooms are increasingly becoming filled with tech which emits this light. Keep your distance from using tech before you go to bed, and try not to fall asleep with the TV on to ensure a better nights sleep.
One of the things which disturb us during the night is the worry, concern and anxiety of unfinished tasks. Perhaps you didn’t finish putting away some clothes, forgot whether you locked the door or didn’t do the washing up.
If there is anything on your mind before you go to bed which could be settled reasonably quickly, then it is well worth doing so, even if it means you go to bed 15 minutes later.
Using the Right Oils
Nature is a wonderful thing, but we don’t tend to harness it to its full potential. There are a number of oils and herbs which if applied, can help us get a much better night’s sleep.
Vanilla, patchouli and Sandalwood can all be blissfully calming and are best defused n your room as you prepare to go to sleep.
Time Your Sleep Cycles
Sleep is a very complex part of human biology, so we need to learn as much about it as possible to really get the most out of it.
Sleep can be broken down into four stages, all of which add up to one cycle. The average sleep cycle takes between 90-110 minutes to complete. During the first and fourth stages we are in our lightest form of sleep, the second and third we are in a much deeper sleep. Read more in this from How Sleep Works.
If we wake up during one of the heavier stages, we tend to feel much worse because our body is not prepared to be woken.
To feel as refreshed as possible, you want to wake up at the end of a cycle. Of course, during one night sleep you’ll go through multiple sleep cycles, so it’s all about timing it just right.
There are now apps like Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock which you can download to your smart phone, that monitor your sleep, allowing you to work out the length of your sleep cycles.
Once you know this, you can time your alarm to go off at the perfect time, thus waking you up in the most refreshed state possible.