A sound sleep is a grace.
When you manage to get into a good sleep, your brain endeavors hard to form the pathways necessary for learning and creating memories accompanied by new insights.
We all know it. But, how to have a sound sleep is not known to many. You will be surprised to know that about 250,000 Americans are affected by Narcolepsy (one type of sleep disorder).
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Here, I will be telling you some practices that do NOT Help Me Sleep at all i.e. disturbs me to sleep. You’re lucky if you have avoided the practices earlier.
Practice # 1: Drinking a cup of coffee (doesn’t help me sleep)
Coffee, tea & cola contain caffeine.
Caffeine possesses some stimulant and diuretic properties. It takes 6-8 hours to wear off completely the effects of caffeine. Avoiding drinks that contain caffeine in the late afternoons will help you sleep much better and faster at night.
Practice # 2: Staying out of sunlight
Sunlight helps me (everyone) to regulate our circadian clock and make us sleepy at night by motivating our body to produce melatonin (sleep cycle regulating hormone). Make sure your house & office is perfectly tuned to allow the entrance of sufficient sunlight.
Avoiding the use of sunglasses is a good habit.
Practice # 3: Drinking Alcohol (doesn’t stimulate a sound sleep)
People all over the world (more or less) suffer from insomnia. A fraction of them try to solve this problem with the intake of alcohol (some call it night-cap). The thing is, alcohol sometimes lead you to a faster and light sleep. But they actually seize the most restorative stages of sleep including REM (Rapid Eye Movement, a major stage of sleep that occurs after 70 to 90 minutes after your sleep.)
Avoid using alcohol to stimulate your sleep. For a better life, it’s recommended to give-up the intake of alcohol for the rest of your life.
(Personal- throughout my life I have never taken alcohol, except drugs, that fuels an excellent sleep whenever I am at bed. And, you perhaps don’t know that, Muslims are not allowed to take alcohol.)
Practice # 4: Thinking about my business profit & loss, Anxiety.
Anxiety leads to a poor sleep. When you are anxious, you’ll wake up from your sleep several times throughout the night or see nightmares. It keeps you alert and stimulated throughout the night, says the Harvard School of Public Health.
Try to keep a notepad beside your pillow or on a desk beside your bed. When any important matter peeps in your mind, write it down, to help your brain rest and get relieved.
Practice # 5: Lying down on bed at undisciplined periods.
Go to bed at a fixed time today. Sleep for 7-9 hours if you’re an adult. And note down when you wake up. Repeat the same thing tomorrow. Make it a schedule and follow it throughout your life. It will help you sleep better & faster.
Even, you can kick off your alarm clock, as the biological clock in your body will help achieve this goal.
– This was therefore, 5 bad, improper (or, evil) practices that don’t help me sleep at all. And, these are not only the words of mine also. (See the resource box.)
This is not the end, there are still some factors that can help you sleep better and faster that includes,
- – Daily exercise
- – Proper Nutrition and diet
- – Proper weight
- – Smoking
So, stay tuned to learn more of these important factors by subscribing to my e-mail newsletter, bookmarking the site, or by rolling your eyeball several times over our upcoming posts with more information & tips regarding sleep.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: Brain Basics: Understanding Sleep
National Institutes of Health; National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Your Guide to Healthy Sleep. NIH Publication No. 06-5271.