IF YOU FAILED TO OBEY YOUR BODY IN PRIVATE IT WILL DISGRACE YOU IN PUBLIC
Everybody who goes to bed has one aim-to sleep soundly and wake up refresh for the following day’s work and activities. Unfortunately the beauty of natural sleep has deprived many people so many benefits such as psychological, physical, emotional and social alertness.
My wife has a sleep deficit and can’t stay idle without dosing off because of the fact that she always overworked herself as a fashion designer-who is always trying hard to meet the needs of her customers at the expense of her own health. She’s now trying to adjust her work schedule so that she can have enough sleep.
I know so many people are also facing similar sleep deprivation problems as a result of the global economy which are hugely driven by demand and supply and largely controlled by the capitalist world. Many people in the United are not getting the needed sleep according to various surveys because of the structure of the work environment they find themselves.
So, let look at 7 reasons why many people are not getting enough sleep than they wanted to and the lessons to learn from this post
1. DON’T TAKE YOUR SLEEP FOR GRANTED
Some people don’t realize how essential sleep is to their benefits and what they ought to do in order to eliminate the sleep deprivation triggers. Your body is designed to obey its own laws. It has a set time to ask you to retire to bed. Instead, just like my wife, who may defer her seep several hours, in order to finish a task which are deadline specific. Don’t think sleep is a waste of your previous time. The time you spend in bed asleep is time well spent and can’t be substituted for any monetary value.
There are many very important things that the brain needs to do while you are asleep. Science is telling us that our brains are forming memories and going through the day’s events systematically during the time we are sleeping. And the only time they can do this, is during the sleep transition. Why don’t you allow your brain to do these things by making sure that you spend enough time in your bed? Sleep deprivation will rob you from being proactive to do the things you love. Getting enough sleep today may bring back the body to its “autopilot state”-where your sleep becomes a natural part of you.
2. DON’T TAKE TOO MUCH CAFFEINE, ALCOHOL AND SLEEP ENHANCING TABLETS
What’s good for A might not be good for B. It’s surprising how our body works. Even people with the same blood group react to things differently. I am a regular user of caffeine and its related products occasionally. However, I am very mindful of its intake and will not go pass a cup a day, even though my doctor recommended it for me due to low blood pressure. Whether you like it or not, caffeine in tea and coffee in general is a stimulant that prevents you from having a perfect sleep. Alcohol is also another stimulant that can interrupt your sleep pattern and could make you restless.
I know a guy who becomes addicted to alcohol to the extent that he walks sleeping. Why? Because he’s not getting enough sleep and good food to replenish the system for quality life. Sleeping tablets may be fine provided they are recommended by a qualified medics for you to use occasionally. Don’t just go over the counter and purchase sleeping pills that are known to you, but may no longer be in use due to new adverse findings. Things are changing very fast especially, in the scientific world. So, be wise when it comes to the use of pills.
Ask yourself this question: why aren’t me getting enough sleep? Is it the Drug side effects? Experts tell us what we continually do becomes our habits. In other words- all living creatures are products of their own habits.
3 DON’T ALLOW YOUR SHIFT WORK TO SHIFT YOUR SLEEP
I know there are a lot of people by virtue of their work, have no other choice than to shift work that keep changing. This can make it harder to get into a regular sleep pattern. Some people adjust to shift work better than others. However, weigh the option carefully when you are considering to go on shift work.
Is there other option available to you? I know shift works are normally temporal because of the inconvenience it offers workers compare to regular work. Try to get time to sleep as soon as you come back from your shift work. Never trade your life to your work, you are valuable than gold. You have no idea what’s happening to your body when you don’t get enough sleep every day.
4. DON’T DRINK AND EAT LATE TO BED
Many people including my dearest wife are eating super too close to bedtime and this can cause many health problems including heartburn and discomfort in the chest etc. I always tell my wife to stop the practice without giving excuses of work as a justification for the late eating as a lot of people probably do. What does it profit you when you acquire all the wealth and your health begin to fail you- and your doctor ask you to avoid eating this and that. Why don’t you live healthy lifestyle while enjoying your hard earned money?
Avoid late meals. Any snack before bedtime should be small and light if you can’t avoid it all together. Try to limit your fluids intake especially water before bedtime so that you don’t have to get up to go to the toilet during the night or wake up frequently to urinate as I normally do. In my case, any intake of water 2 or 3 hours to bed would make me wake up about two times before day break. This sometimes disrupt my sleep, so I don’t take any liquid substance 3 hours to bedtime.
5. DON’T ENGAGE IN ANY ACTIVE EXERCISE BEFORE GOING TO BED
Any physical or mental exercise prior to going to bed will adversely disturb yourself from having a good night sleep. Many people are doing things that don’t allow them to have a smooth night sleep. If you are exercising too close to bed, your system may not relax enough to allow you to have the kind of sleep your body need.
If you are addicted to computer games and TV viewing too close to bedtime, your sleep could be compromised- because, all these need active participation of the brain. Give time for the brain to program its own time for you and don’t postpone your sleeping time because of the activities identified above when it is time to do so. Most sleep deprivations are self- inflicted and you must avoid this trap
6. DON’T OVER WORRY AND STRESS YOURSELF
As a matter of fact, the modern life in the cities can be very frustrating and stressful if you don’t organize your life to adjust appropriately to the demand impose on you. This can interfere with your sleep especially when you worry over every situations that come your way. Your worry don’t change the way things are supposed to occur in your life. But when you plan a head of time, most of the things you worry about especially money will not engage your attention at all.
Give yourself a chance to relax and unwind before going to bed. Look at ways to make your life less stressful and demanding. Follow your to-do-task and don’t go beyond what you schedule to achieve for the day. You’ve only one life, live it well.
7. DEAL WITH YOUR SLEEP DISORDERS
Many people are not aware they have sleep disorders such as insomnia, sleep apnea and restless legs which can be very bad for your sleep. Even though it may not be recognized for years, it can lead to other health conditions later. Seek early treatment when your disorders are not going away anytime soon.
We’ve been able to take a look at 7 ways we deprived ourselves from enjoying a good sleep. You deserve a good and healthy life, now and the future. Don’t joke with your sleep and incur the wrath of sleep disorders