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10 Simple Ways To Get You Better Sleep Tonight

10 Simple Ways To Get You Better Sleep Tonight

Sleep is one of the most influential things in our lives. It dictates how we feel, how we act, and it even affects our health. We spend about a third of our lives asleep. So how do we make sure we’re getting better sleep?

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1. Make your bedroom feel calm and comfortable.

The color blue is recommended for bedroom walls. Avoid painting your walls bright, electric colors, as this is jarring and can stand out too much in the dark. Make sure your room is a comfortable temperature when including things like sleepwear and bedding. A too-hot or too-cold room can leave you tossing and turning in the night.

2. Get rid of the clutter.

Messy rooms can be distracting, which can lead to less restful sleep. Consider tucking away any loose items on your floor or furniture to make your space more sleep-friendly.

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3. Take naps.

Naps can really help get you through the day. Just make sure that your naps aren’t too long, lest you feel wide awake come bedtime. The recommended length of a nap is 15 to 20 minutes. This allows the brain to rest and recharge without tinkering with the brain’s sleep cycle.

4. Make sure you’re on a consistent sleep schedule.

Good sleeping habits are key to getting a better night’s rest. Setting an alarm can do wonders for getting on a consistent schedule. Wake up at the same time every morning, and try to go to bed at the same time every night. This way, you’ll eventually feel tired when it’s time to go to bed, and wide awake during the day.

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5. Soak up some sun.

Sunlight helps your body produce melatonin, which aids in sleeping soundly at night. It can also help wake you up in the morning. Artificial light found indoors can make you drowsy, so try to recharge during the day by getting some sun. This allows you to fight daytime drowsiness and will leave you sleepy only when it’s time for bed later in the day.

6. Consider cutting down on caffeine.

Caffeine may give you the pep you need to get your day going, but it can affect the brain for up to twelve hours after consumption. So if you’re constantly reaching for a cup of coffee throughout the day, it might be hurting your sleep cycle long after the buzz dies down.

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7. Boost your melatonin production at night.

Avoid bright lights close to bedtime. Turn off the television, and consider swapping the light bulbs in your bedroom for lower wattage bulbs. If you need to get up in the middle of the night, avoid turning on any overhead lights, as this can make it harder to go back to sleep. If safety is an issue, consider carrying a small light with you when moving around in the dark.

8. Exercise and eat right.

Exercise can help regulate your body’s sleep cycle. People with better health, generally, sleep more soundly and get better quality sleep than those with health problems. Consider cutting back on big meals before bed. It is good to avoid drinking alcohol before bed, too, as this can cause drowsiness the following day.

9. De-stress before bed.

Distance yourself from work or chores as it gets closer to bedtime. Too much anxiety over things like to-do lists can leave you restless throughout the night. Try to keep work and sleep as separate as possible. Your bedroom should feel like a calm, stress-free place, so leave work in another room.

10. Keep a nighttime routine.

Maintaining a routine before going to bed will help to signal your body that it is time to go to sleep. Consider reading or knitting, as these are calming, repetitive activities. You’ll be drifting off in no time.

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Last Updated on November 20, 2018

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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2. You put the cart before the horse.

“Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

3. You don’t believe in yourself.

A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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6. You don’t enjoy the process.

Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

7. You’re trying too hard.

Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

8. You don’t track your progress.

Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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9. You have no social support.

It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

10. You know your what but not your why.

The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

  • The more specific you can make your goal,
  • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
  • The more encouraged you’ll be,
  • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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