Sleeping is the state of resting which occurs naturally in all mammals, birds and reptiles where in, there is an increased inhibition of voluntary muscles. Its also called as a semi-conscious state of body and mind where there is less reaction being projected to react to a stimuli.
Sleep is said to be universal, most noticeable and prominent in the animal kingdom.
The whole day energy cum activities depends on how well you slept the last night. The bed-tie habits, duration of sleep, the overall health everything is based on the healthy sleeping pattern.
A minimum of seven hours of sleep is said to be maintained to follow a healthy lifestyle.
There are lot of tips to be followed which can help optimise your sleep which would provide you with an emotionally balanced and physically strong mind and body.
Many metabolic activities and functions associated with the brain continues while you sleep. And for this to take place, your body requires enough amount of energy which comes through the food you consume.
There are other factors which might hamper your healthy sleeping habits such as family problems, problems faced at work place, relationship issues, illness etc. To tackle such problems there are certain tips and techniques to be followed.
Always stick to a schedule:
Fix a time for sleeping and waking up. It should be followed even on weekends. A well maintained sleeping cycle would help you have a relaxed day to day activity.
Have a record of what you eat and drink:
Do not stuff yourself with too much of food before getting to bed. There should be gap of about two hours between the time of having food and heading for sleep.
Set up a bed time ritual:
Have a set of leisure activities such as taking a shower, listening to music or having a warm glass of milk to soothe your body and mind. This enables your body to know that the sleeping time is approaching, hence, it's the time to wind down.
Refrain from watching television and doing other strenuous activities which might have an adverse effect on your sleeping pattern.
Avoid long day time naps:
Always try sleeping less during daytime, or avoid it as much as possible. It may interfere with your regular night sleeping pattern. If at all, it is one of your indispensable activities during daytime, make sure it doesn't exceed more than 10 to 30 minutes.
Make your sleeping environment more preferable and appealing by using a comfortable pillow, bed-sheet and proper ventilation.
Physical activity is a must:
Include physical activity and follow a regular exercise regime to keep yourself healthy and also to have good, refreshing sleeping hours. Timing is equally important because if you work out just before heading to bed, you would feel fully energized to fall asleep. So it should be set as a routine only during the day time or in the evening. Early morning hours are the best exercise though.
Combat stress and tension:
Make it a point to clear up your mind from all stress and tension, whatsoever faced by you before sleeping. As it is the only personal time for you to get relaxed.