Rule 1. It’s not just the quantity of sleep that counts, but also the quality.
Everyone has woken up after 10 hours sleep and felt fatigue, as well as getting up after 6 hours of sleep feeling completely refreshed and rested. There are many factors that may influence how long you need to sleep to feel rested, but the rule is simple. The higher is the quality of your sleep, the smaller amount of sleep time you need. This is the first recipe in shortening your sleep time. It seems to be logical, but how you can improve the quality of your sleep? There are a number of ways to do it but the most practical are:
- Do not eat before going to bed (at least 2 hours before sleep time).
- Sleep in dark, quiet room.
- Try using a sleep optimization program. These work wonders for some people.
- Sleep with fresh air (open windows or get air refresher).
- Exercise during the day. If you don’t exercise, go for a 15 minutes walk before the sleep time.
- Do not watch TV in the bed before going to sleep. Read a book, take a bath, do something relaxing.
- Don’t drink coffee or other stimulants within 6 hours of bed time.
- Don’t take long naps (more than 30 mins) during the day.
- Follow these simple tips and within one or two weeks you will notice how your sleep starts improving.