How to Get More Energy from Less Sleep
It’s no secret that how much and how WELL you sleep have great impact on your energy level. High quality sleep is good for your overall health, and it will give you more energy.
In fact – you could probably have even more energy, by sleeping less than you do now…
When it comes to sleep problems, people usually complain either about trouble falling asleep or about having trouble staying asleep (waking up a few times during the night).
My own problem, as you may know, used to be sleeping too much. Believe it or not, though, the tendency to sleep too much is usually a result of just about the same causes of insomnia – a combination of some sort of emotional issues, followed by bad habits that damage the quality of sleep.
So the first thing to realize is that there is a big difference between getting enough sleep, and getting QUALITY sleep. In other words, it’s possible to optimize your sleep to a point where you’d get more energy by sleeping less.
Some really simple actions you can start taking right away are:
Set Your ‘Sleep Clock’
- Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. At least wake up at the same time, even when you don’t have to.
- Expose your eyes to sunlight. Sunlight helps your ‘inner sleep clock’ reset itself each day. Try to expose your eyes to sunlight as much as you can. Start by taking your sunglasses off when you don’t really need them.
Prepare Your Mind and Body for Sleep
- Avoid Caffeine Alcohol and Nicotine
I’m not saying you should stop drinking coffee. I personally love coffee, and have up to 3 cups a day. The idea is to avoid it at least 6 hours before bed time. Oh, and by the way, Caffeine is present not only in coffee, but also in tea, most soft drinks, and even in chocolate.
If you smoke or like to drink (alcohol) often, you’re probably tired of hearing about how bad these habits are for you, but you may not be aware of how they affect your sleep…
If you want to get better sleep, either quit or cut down on smoking and/ or drinking, or avoid those a few hours before bed time!
- Start relaxing yourself at least a couple of hours before sleep
Avoid stimulants and stressful situation, dim the lights, read a book, take a warm bath, have some warm milk or herbal tea (Regular tea contains Caffeine, remember?), and even do some deep breathing and relaxation exercises.
- Don’t go to sleep on an empty stomach.
Have a light snack before bedtime, but not a heavy meal. (Peanuts, milk and turkey are some of the foods that contain nutrients that relax your body and induce sleep.)
These were just some basic guidelines that you can start applying right away to get more rest and energy from your sleep. If you’re looking for a step-by-step guide to mastering your sleep and eliminating tiredness from your life, you should check out the End Tiredness Program (my review at A-Sleep.com).