We all know that sleep is vital for us to function at our highest level, but sometimes a cocktail of late nights, too much technology, and poor sleep habits makes it harder than ever to achieve that all-important (yet often elusive) 8 hours.
TRIG brings you 10 easy and practical steps that will make your mornings brighter, your days more productive, and your sleep truly restful.
An evening stroll is an absolutely perfect antidote to a mind that is still buzzing with the events of the day. Unplug your headphones, keep no particular pace, and enjoy taking in the sights and sounds as the gentle tread of your feet helps your brain transition from active to neutral.
10. Get a routine
When we travel a certain route every day, we do it almost without thinking. The same concept applies to bedtime: no matter how simple or complicated our routine (perhaps you need the pillows to be facing a certain way before lights off), our mind will come to know that these repeated actions signal sleep.
9. Choose the right sleeping position
If you are a side-sleeper, try to sleep on your left side, not your right – it will improve your digestion and blood flow.
Sleeping on your back may cause problems with snoring since gravity pulls your tongue to the back of your throat. It isn’t recommended for people who suffer from sleep apnea.
Sleeping on your stomach is not the best idea and is widely regarded as the worst sleeping position. It flattens the natural curve of the spine, which can lead to lower back pain. Sleeping all night with your head turned to one side also strains your neck. If this is your preferred position, try using pillows to gradually train your body to sleep on one side
Not everyone can afford their very own performance coach. But with this technique, we can all benefit from their approach to success. Before going to bed, write down your 3 core priorities for the day ahead. Even if you know you have at least 15 tasks on your to-do list, focusing your mind will give you an instant access pass to the productivity zone the next morning.
8. Be your own productivity guru
Mindful meditation is having its moment right now, but if you’re not sure how to go about it, here is a super quick beginner’s introduction to get you started:
Take slow, deep breaths - in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Various thoughts will pop up to say hello - acknowledge them, then let them go.
Be aware of each part of your body in turn - from the top of your head to the tip of your toes, tensing and relaxing each one in turn until you feel completely at ease.