Over the years at certain times I have had my difficulties in getting a good nights sleep. I would often be restless throughout the night, and would wake up feeling very tired and unrested. It is hard to have your “perfect” day when you wake up wishing you could just stay in-between the sheets in bed all day! So getting a good night’s sleep is critical for our health.
Of late I have been getting some really good night’s sleep, in fact, I believe some of the best sleeps I have ever had.
Whenever I pictured my perfect day, it always involved myself getting up early, say 6am, and feeling energized and ready to take on the world. I would have had a good night’s sleep, I would awaken fully refreshed, and then I would tackle my day with vigor. However all to often I would instead wake up hitting the snooze button a number of times, and finally groggily stumble to the shower. This morning however, I woke up at 5am! Are you kidding me? And I felt WIDE awake and ready to go! How is this possible? Well through the years I have discovered a number of secrets to a good night’s sleep, and I will share the top 7 with you.
Good Night’s Sleep – 7 Secrets
1) If you want a good night’s sleep, don’t get yourself all wound up just before you go to bed by watching something stimulating on TV. If I watched an exciting sports event that went down to the wire, or if I watched a scary show that got me all riled up, then your adrenaline gets pumping….which is basically exactly the opposite state you want your body in to get a good night’s sleep. So if you do end up watching something like that, make sure you do something afterwards to calm yourself down before you try to sleep.
2) For me, little noises can wake me up throughout the night. So a major key for me to having a good night’s sleep is to have background noise on, or what they call white noise. The easiest thing I have used is a fan. There are actually machines you can get that play white noise (just like a low static with nothing identifiable in it), but I find a fan works perfect. If we stay over in hotels for vacations or sports tournaments the room itself might have a great fan/air-conditioning unit already, but just in case we always bring a small portable fan.
3) Black out the light in your room. This is something my wife introduced. She works shifts and so she would have to try to sleep during the days, and she bought these super black curtains that blocked out all the light ( I think she got them pretty cheap from Ikea…a good night’s sleep is definitely worth spending a couple of bucks). We close them at night and it blocks out all the street lights…it is simply amazing.
4) Watch what you eat! To get a good night’s sleep you have to ensure that your body is not all jacked up on sugar before you go to sleep. Just like stimulating TV can get your adrenaline flowing, so can sugary foods! As crazy as this sounds to me now, I would often have think it a good idea to have “comfort” foods to help myself sleep. So that would involve eating chocolate and other various sweets…laden with sugar. And I was surprised when I lay awake in bed for hours just staring at the ceiling! Also watch how much you eat, because you don’t want your digestive system to have to work over time when you are trying to sleep, so don’t eat large amounts of food just before bed time either.
5) I will also spell out separately…watch what you drink! I was VERY bad at this. My big one was drinking a large pepsi just before I lay down. Not ony sugar…but can you say caffeine over kill as well! Talk about waking up your body…killing any attempt at a good night’s sleep. But don’t laugh at me too hard. What about you? Ever have coffee before bed? Ever have regular tea before bed? So a key is not only watching what you drink, but also I have had to keep an eye on how much I drink. Even if I am drinking something healthy like water, if I drink too much, then I have to wake up a number of times just to go to the washroom.
6) Exercise if critical for me to having a good nights sleep. Exercise clears the toxins from your body that build up. Exercise clears pent-up stress from my body. Exercise keeps my muscles working and in shape. Exercise keeps my mind sharp. Exercise keeps the blues away. Exercise allows my body to feel tired in a good way. The only thing I have to personally avoid is exercising too close to going to bed because it does get me all pumped up…and then it takes a while to come back down. But for me, if I don’t exercise, the quality of my sleeps goes downhill quickly.
7) Getting myself in the right mental frame is the last big secret I will share about having a good night’s sleep. I cannot sleep if I have things on my mind. I will just review them over and over and over. So I have learned (my dad shared this with me many years ago) to take a few moments and just clear my mind, and write down everything I am thinking about. As well I have to tell myself that I have done everything I can do about things today…and that tomorrow I will complete them…however I will need all my energy to do it…and so I need to allow my body to get a great rest tonight. Another thing I try to ensure is that I am in a positive frame of mind, and that my body is at its purest and highest energy level…by thinking good thoughts and appreciating things. I review in my mind all the things I am thankful for, including my health, my family, my friends, my career, the fact I have a roof over my head….and any and every other thing I can think of. I am thankful for ____, I am thankful for _____ ……
To feel fully alive, to feel fully energized, to have great health, to move about your day with passion and purpose……your body needs to recover and rebuild itself each night. So a good night’s sleep is of critical importance.
Got any tips that help you get a good night’s sleep? Please share comments below and maybe you can help inspire another reader.
Peace, Health, Happiness and success!