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5 Sleep Hacks to Get A Better Night’s Sleep

5 Sleep Hacks to Get A Better Night’s Sleep

Stressful schedules at work, school, or even both leave many of us feeling drained during the day. Although you would think that this fatigue throughout the day would lead you to a solid sleep at night, this isn’t necessarily true. In fact, the very reason you’re so tired throughout your daily routine could be due to your inability to get a good night’s sleep.

There are many factors that could be contributing to poor sleep quality depending on the individual at hand. If you’ve found that despite your attempts to get to bed early, you’re still feeling tired each day, there are some simple hacks you can try to increase your sleep quality and feel more rested in the morning. Here are 5 things you can do to set yourself up for a better night’s sleep.

1. Develop a bedtime ritual.

It can be difficult to fully unwind from a day full of activities as you lie in your bed attempting to fall asleep. One way you can prep your body and your mind for sleep is to develop a bedtime ritual that signals to your body that it’s time to go to bed.

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You could try things like taking a relaxing bath, drinking a cup of herbal tea, listening to relaxing music, meditating, or even diffusing a relaxing essential oil in your room.

2. Check your mattress.

According to sleep experts in an article on The Huffington Post, things like excessive tossing and turning at night and increased stress during the day could mean it’s time for a new mattress. The same article addresses the issue of mattresses being too soft or too firm and suggests that you try your mattress for at least 20 minutes prior to purchasing.

Although it would be ideal to head to the store and try each mattress before selecting one, most of us don’t quite have the time for that. For those of you who are strapped for time, the sleep experts at Eve Mattress recommend checking out memory foam mattress options as these will typically provide a comfortable mix of firm and soft for most buyers.

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3. Avoid using your smartphone.

Studies continue to show that using your smartphone before bedtime can hinder the quality of your sleep. If you tend to look at your smartphone in bed before attempting to fall asleep, try placing it across the room before you get into bed at night.

If you’re like most of us who use your phone as your alarm clock, placing your phone across the room could also be a way to help you get out of bed when your alarm goes off in the morning.

4. Exercise regularly.

The benefits of exercise are basically endless. Although we typically tie our fitness efforts to weight loss, their benefits in contributing to overall wellness and a better night’s sleep are almost more important.

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Try to exercise for at least 30 minutes each day. This will help your body run off some of its excess energy before you go to bed and will also contribute to your overall health and wellbeing which will help your body maintain regularity in important functions like sleep.

5. Stick to a schedule.

Like it or not, humans are creatures of habit. This means that we work best with schedules. According to the Sleep Foundation, if you’re having trouble sleeping, a lack of routine could be the issue. Try to set a time to get to bed each night. If you have decided to start a bed time routine as suggested in tip number one, try setting that to start on a specific schedule as well.

So there you have it, 5 sleep hacks you can change your daily routine and bedroom setup to get a more restful sleep and feel relaxed and refreshed in the morning. Hopefully these tips will help you achieve not only a better sleep, but a better quality of life as well.

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If you have any additional tips or questions, I’d love to hear them. Feel free to post them in the comments below.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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