Sleep: we all love it, especially when we wake up after a great night’s sleep, several studies have correlated waking up early with success. High-fliers including Mark Wahlberg, Anna Wintour and Apple CEO Tim Cook are up before dawn (Just as i’m turning over for another few hours sleep)
You want to get a head start on your day. You know that you have more energy in the morning. You know the old cliche about the early bird (drilled into your head from childhood)
However you just can’t get yourself to bridge the gap between the idea of doing it, and the actual doing it.
1. Don’t eat after 7 pm
Eating late at night can often hinder you falling asleep and getting a good nights sleep. If you eat too close to bedtime, your stomach is working hard to break down food when your body should be resting. This practice also causes indigestion and heartburn.
2. Go to bed earlier
It seems simple, not everyone needs eight hours of sleep; some people only need six. Figure out how many hours you need, then plan accordingly.
3. Establish a night-time wind down ritual
Turn down the lights, fire up the candles (My favourite being Jo Malone), and put on comfortable clothing. This may include a warm relaxing bath which i like to team with with a hot drink a decaffinated tea or peppermint tea.
4. Use a sleep mask
Even when the lights are off, there is outside light and light from electronics that can hinder your sleep cycle. To kick into full REM sleep mode and to boost melatonin (hormone responsible for good sleep), blocking out the light by wearing a sleep mask has proven effective in becoming more well-rested. My current favourite is the Tempur sleep mask which matches my Pajamas!
Adequate sleep makes you feel better, its importance goes far beyond banishing under-eye circles, Sleep is key to part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight and mind, make the most of the sleep you have.
“Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” -Benjamin Franklin