Sleep is integral to how rested we feel. When we sleep our body regulates and repairs itself. Sleep affects our moods, our language systems, how we perform, and our interpersonal relationships. On average, people need between seven to nine hours of sleep a day. However, the most important thing is that you get good quality sleep and feel truly rested. More often than not, if you wake up tired it is unlikely you are getting the rest you need. Here are a couple of great tips to improve the quality of sleep you are getting and to ensure you are resting well enough.
Sleep Hygiene & Environment
Sleep hygiene is a behavioral practice in which you follow healthy patterns and routines around your sleep schedule. Following a regular sleep schedule is paramount to ensuring you are getting proper rest every night. This means going to bed and getting up at the same time every night and each day, even on the weekends. Consistency is key to healthy sleep hygiene. Do not overdo it with naps during the day as this will upset your schedule and regular rhythms, and you will likely find it harder to fall asleep.
The environment in which you go to sleep, most likely your bedroom, plays a huge role in good sleep hygiene. Many people recommend a dark room with plenty of fresh air. Make sure you remove all electronics, phones, computers from the bedroom so that you are not tempted to use them before bed. The blue light on phones and computer screens is stimulating and will likely wake your brain up at the precise time that sit needs to be shutting down.
CBD Oil can be a very effective way to help encourage a good night’s sleep. CBD is cannabinol, one of the active ingredients in the marijuana plant. However, unlike its sister ingredient THC, it has no psychoactive properties and so does not have mind-altering effects. Instead, CBD has all the benefits of the marijuana plant but none of the ‘high’.
When you take CBD oil it interacts with your body’s natural endocannabinoid system (ECS). It is your ECS that is responsible for regulating your body’s functions such as sleep, pain, mood, and appetite. Studies believe that CBD interacts with the ECS by slowing the function down, and thereby helping regulate things like mood, pain response, and sleep. Thus, many people believe CBD oil can be hugely beneficial to a good night’s sleep.
When you are finally in bed and ready to lay down and try to sleep, meditation can be your final aid to getting the rest you want. By focusing on your body, breath and mind simultaneously you can find a peaceful rhythm to fall asleep to. Get into a comfortable position, often lying on your back, and focus your mind on how your breath rises and falls in your body. While this may sound very simple, meditation can be very effective in helping you drift off peacefully.