How to get a good night's sleep
By Andy Coca
In the United States, about 70 million Americans have trouble going to sleep. The lack of sleep can be very detrimental to one’s health, affecting their everyday lifestyle. In this article, you will find out the importance of sleep, and how one can improve the quality of sleep they should receive daily.
Like many other things the human body needs, sleep is an essential function that helps our body “recharge”. According to the Dana Foundation, sleep deprivation “impairs brain functions such as memory and decision-making” so it is always important to get a proper amount of sleep each night. Below are some tips that can help your body to get a good night’s rest.
What’s the secret to getting a good night’s rest? You may have tried regulating your sleep schedule, monitoring your caffeine intake, and changing the darkness level in your room; but what else is missing from your wind-down routine? We asked Buddhist Monk John for his answer.
Tip 1: Stay Away from Electronics
Electronics are a major distraction to people in this day and age. According to the National Sleep Foundation, it is recommended to put away your electronics for 30 minutes before going to sleep. Clearing our minds of everything makes the sleeping process easier. Many people struggle to sleep since they constantly think about messaging people or scroll through social media. If we can eliminate being distracted and focus on falling asleep, it will help us to get a proper night of rest.
Tip 2: Meditation
One of the most accessible forms of releasing stress is meditation. It just so happens that stress is the number one reason in the world that prevents people from getting the sleep they need. According to Dr. Benson who is the director of the Harvard-affiliated Benson-Henry Institute for the Mind Body Medicine, meditation “can help ease many stress-related ailments, including depression, pain and high blood pressure”. By meditating, you’re calming down your body and concentrating on something that helps you relax. Doing so will help you to relax before sleeping so that you are not tense in your bed and thinking any stressful thoughts.
Tip 3: Balance the Four Elements of Nature
According to Buddahist Monk John, “Maintaining the balance of the four elements of nature is fundamental to keeping yourself comfortable while sleeping.”
The following will mention how you can balance your elements;
Having a reasonable temperature within the place you rest in will guarantee you that you will not be hot or cold while sleeping;
Having fresh air to breathe will relax the body, but having too little or too much fresh air can suffocate you;
Maintain a stable amount of water in your system, drinking too much water before you go to sleep may cause you to wake up in the middle of the night disturbing you;
Sustain from eating too late at night, as your stomach may not have digested the food you had ate causing discomfort while trying to sleep.
Tip 4: Have a Proper Sleep Schedule
It is always important to have a proper sleep schedule. The National Sleep Foundation recommends for people to get at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. Sleeping for a good amount of time can help improve your ability to learn, your memory and your decision making. Sleeping for too long or a short amount of time can lead to problems such as depression and life threatening diseases. Try being consistent with what time you go to sleep and wake up to be able to sleep well at night and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Sleep is essential for our lives. If we don’t sleep, it affects the way our body functions and the way our mind works. With this, it also increases our odds of getting depression or serious life threatening diseases. Of course, not everyone may have a problem with falling asleep, but following the four easy tips can fix the way you sleep and improve your lifestyle.