More and more of us are seeking happiness and more often than not it’s actually not the material stuff that brings us the joy we are after. Do you know what the real secret of happiness is? It’s good night’s sleep!
Let me ask you a question.
Which one would you choose?
- 50% pay rise
- good night’s sleep
If you are after wellbeing and happiness, you’d choose sleep!
A good quality sleep is the key and affects all aspects of our life
(whether we like it or not)!
A research found after surveying 8,250 Brits. These adults were asked 18 questions about happiness and wellbeing in relations to lifestyle.
The questions were not related to things that they couldn’t control such as age, gender, health, education or ethnicity.
The results showed that 50 per cent pay rise bring us only little happiness and it’s temporary.
Of course, there are many things that makes us happy such as good sex life, walking in nature, having a good connection with another human being, having fun time with family…
But nothing beats good night’s sleep!
Why is that? Do you know?
The study discovered that people who were well rested far greater sense of self-respect and felt less anxious and nervous.
Interesting isn’t it? Especially nowadays when we hear people a lot suffering from anxiety attacks and depression.
Just curious, how many people in your immediate circle of family and friends do you know who belong in this category?
The report said:
“Better sleep is the biggest single contributor to better living.”
According to The Times, an article called: The secret of happiness lies in a good night’s sleep (https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-secret-of-happiness-lies-in-a-good-night-s-sleep-s5zqlz6ph)
Dr. William Dement, founder of the Sleep Research Centre at Stanford University,
the world’s first sleep laboratory, and part of the team which first identified the different stages of sleep said:
“Healthy sleep has been empirically proven to be the single most important determinant
in predicting longevity, more important than diet, exercise or heredity.”
Here are a few tips how you can ensure you start good habits and have the right environment for good night’s sleep.
1. Have your alarm clock set to head off to bed
Be consistent with your bedtime.
If it helps you, set yourself an alarm clock to remind you it’s bedtime.
2. Have your bedroom in complete darkness
If a small streak of streetlights is coming in and disturbs you, invest into good blackout curtains.
What about your digital alarm clock? You can always go for a traditional one.
But if you don’t want to then a good comfortable eye mask is a great way to solve that.
3. Turn off your electronic devices an hour before bedtime
Lower the lights and switch off all your gadgets — smartphones, laptops, TVs, none of which are in the bedroom
— about an hour before your going to bed. Bright light activates our brain and keeps – so the opposite what we want.
4. Avoid caffeinated drinks in the afternoon
Cups of tea of coffee stays in the system longer than you think.
It’s recommended to swap for a different beverage or take a quick break to give yourself energy.
5. Move your body regularly
A survey on sleep in America done by the National Sleep Foundation in 2013 revealed that regular, energetic exercise promotes great sleep.
Add a 10, 15 min long walk, run, press ups etc. into your daily routine and you’ll see the difference.
One more tip, make sure your physical activity is finished minimum 2 hours before you’re going to bed.
6. Stay clear of heavy dinners in the evening.
Our body is not designed to digest food in the evening. If you do eat late, your body is forced to keep working on digesting it.
Proteins are difficult to digest so if you can choose something lighter.
My tip: Have small something throughout the day.
7. Is your mattress right?
How long you’ve been sleeping on yours?
If what you are lying on is not comfortable it will keep you up at night believe it or not.
It might have lost its padding, might be even too small.
Consumer reports recommend to change it every 5-10 years.
8. Is your pillow comfortable?
Allergens and dust mites might be loving your pillow too.
Accumulation of them could lead to allergic reactions and prevent good sleep.
Normally pillows need be replaced between 12-18 months.
It’s important to sleep on the right type of pillow. For example:
stomach sleepers prefer thin pillow, if you sleep on your side you’d go for little firmer support
possibly with a curve to support the neck area.
9. Drink more during the day and ease off towards bedtime
Of course if you are thirsty, you must drink but choose the right type of water.
Try having your last drink and hour or two before you are off to bed so you don’t
get up in the middle of the night to use the toilet.
10. Deep breaths before bedtime
If you didn’t have a chance to go to the gym or for a walk, taking deep breaths could do
the trick and help your body relax. Do a few rounds of inhaling and exhaling and see how
you gradually calm down. Did you know that deep breathing actually promotes the body’s
naturally-calming parasympathetic system.
11. Visualization calms you down
If you haven’t tried it, give it go. Picture yourself somewhere in a nice place where you are relaxing.
This exercise will help you to slow your brain down and may even result in you falling asleep.
If you’d like to know my secret to amazing sleep every night, get in touch.
Happy to share it with you.
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