By Jennifer McDougall
We all know getting a good night sleep is important, but what we do before bed can determine the difference between a good and a bad night sleep. One thing to be sure of is to calculate the proper amount of time (7-8 hours) of complete rest you’ll need to wake up and feel refreshed and recharged. Be sure your alarm clock is set and you’ve consumed a nutritious dinner at least an hour before you plan to go to sleep.
You must stay away from any stimulants such as caffeine and alcohol if you’d like to truly get a great night sleep. Stimulants wake parts of your brain up, making it difficult to relax and feel at peace. These stimulants like alcohol, caffeine and drugs will make you feel restless and have you waking up in the middle of the night feeling extremely thirsty or in panic, as many of you who have abused drugs and alcohol in the past know.
“It’s in the morning, for most of us. It’s that time, those few seconds when we’re coming out of sleep but we’re not really awake yet. For those few seconds, we’re something more primitive than what we are about to become. We have just slept the sleep of our most distant ancestors, and something of them and their world still clings to us. For those few moments, we are unformed, uncivilized. We are not the people we know as ourselves, but creatures more in tune with a tree than a keyboard. We are untitled, unnamed, natural, suspended between was and will be, the tadpole before the frog, the worm before the butterfly. We are for a few brief moments, anything and everything we could be. And then…and then — ah — we open our eyes and the day is before us and … we become ourselves.”
― Jerry Spinelli
Take a warm bath or shower to wash off the day.
Journal about your day, your thoughts, your goals, maybe even your fears and accomplishments.
Turn your bedroom into a tech-free zone so you are not tempted to stare at your cell phone soon before you try to sleep.
Meditate for 15-20 minutes before you go to sleep to allow your brain to relax and regain your inner-zen to the present moment.
Eliminate stimulators such as alcohol, drugs, and caffeine.
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