How to Maximize Sleep

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College really took a toll on me, where I would end up sleeping at 2 am – if I’m lucky. I would stay up late at night to work or study, and getting up at 7 am can be excruciatingly soul consuming. I would roll out of bed, and anyone who talks to me would get the stink eye and fake smile. Eventually, everyone learns to stop talking until noon hits.

With age comes, not only wrinkles but wisdom.

While time past, I learned about all my mistakes – by learning how to keep my life in order and not waste any time. Of course, I don’t instantly slam myself with a whole new pattern, but I adjusted my lifestyle over time.

Here are some tips on how to sleep better:

1. Good Environment

Find the ideal temperature for you where it can be dark and quiet. Also, an organized room will help you sleep better too! It is good to invest in a good mattress, pillow, and curtains. I live in an apartment complex where there is constant light shining through the window, and it irritates the living soul out of me. With a new pair of thick curtains, I was able to sleep better with a minimal amount of disturbance. Now, only if I can get rid of my noisy neighbor…any tips?

I’m just kidding – maybe.

2. Lower Screen Time

I would place the cellular device, iPad, or anything with a bright screen down at least an hour before going to bed. Of course, don’t immediately start right at an hour. Start slowly, at roughly five minutes before bedtime then increase from there onward.

These devices interfere with the production of melatonin which is a hormone you need to sleep.

This is when I pick up a book and read instead of scrolling through my phone!

3. Exercise

After a good workout at 24 hours fitness, I flop into bed and instantly fall asleep. Try figuring out the best time to work out by trial and errors. For example, I work out until 10 pm. Many people thought that is ridiculous but by the time I get home and shower – of course, eat – I drift off into a deep sleep. I don’t always work out, only a rough 4-5 days a week. If you can’t afford 24 hours fitness, I recommend working out at home!

4. Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine

This one is obvious – but it doesn’t always affect everyone.

5. Nap Time

Do not be ashamed of taking naps to make up for the time you lost at night. A short 20-30 minutes nap can restore your alertness, boost your productivity and reduce stress.

That’s all folks, happy sleeping!