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5 Ways to Beat Sleeplessness

5 Ways to Beat Sleeplessness

If you suffer from sleepless nights then you might be in way more trouble than you might think. In the 1940’s, Russian researchers did a sleep experiment on five people. The experiment involved keeping the five people awake in a chamber for as long as possible to see what the effect of sleeplessness has on the body. After fifteen days the experiment was terminated and the researchers were met with utter horror and even death when they opened the chamber.

Sleeplessness is terrible for your body and especially for your mind. First your alertness gets affected then your concentration and eventually you go completely bonkers and suspicious of anyone and everyone. Depression, anxiety and physical body aches also goes hand in hand with sleeplessness. It is important for you to improve your quality sleep so you can focus better, be healthier and happier.

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1. Get a better mattress

A good quality mattress can do a lot for your body. Good health mattresses are specially designed to improve your posture while you sleep which improves blood flow through the body and improves your breathing. A better mattress will also keep your body from aching so you can sleep much better on the same side for much longer and so you can awaken with an ache free body.

Sleep Delivered is the perfect website to scout for the best high quality health mattresses since the site contains fantastic mattress reviews to guide you to the best possible mattress for your body. This site has a great guide that can help you research some of the best mattresses that can help you get your much needed restful sleep.

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2. Create a steady sleep routine

You may not like the idea of a routine but routine sleeping can actually help you a lot if you struggle to fall asleep at night. When your body becomes used to sleeping at a certain time you will automatically start feeling tired around your usual sleep hours. Your body will become accustomed to sleeping at certain times and will know when to shut down and when to wake up.

3. Avoid certain drinks

Drinks like coffee, certain teas and sugary drinks are designed to energize you and keep you awake. It is important to avoid these sugary and caffeine loaded drinks 1-2 hours before you are thinking you will go to bed. You should try an alternative drink such as water, hot milk or unsweetened cacao when you are thirsty. Hot milk helps relax the body and has proven to be really effective if taken 30 minutes before bedtime.

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4. Create a better sleep environment

Street noises and light can also affect your quality of sleep if you are a light sleeper. It may help to create a better sleeping environment. Your room should be dark and quiet when it is time for sleep. You can even try to play soft calm music or sleep sounds in your room to promote better sleeping or to tell your body that it is time to switch off.

5. Work out during the day

A good workout during the day can help you sleep much better since your body will be much more tired and you will be healthier.  When you are healthier you can breathe easier, your blood flows better through your body and your body contains a lot less toxins which is great for promoting better sleep at night.

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A better sleep not only makes you feel fresh and rejuvenated each day but it also has an effect on your overall physical and mental health. People who have a better night’s sleep are going to be more active and in turn live a happier and healthier life.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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