Many mornings when we wake up, it often seems that no matter how much sleep we get, it’s impossible to feel refreshed. A lot of that has to do with the way you’re sleeping each night. Besides a good latex mattress, there are quite a few new tips you can follow to wake up feeling refreshed and your absolute best tomorrow morning.
The Daily Mind has some great helpful hints to wake up fresh and ready to take on the day.
The Night Before
1. Avoid coffee, red wine and chocolate the night before
To wake up fresh you need to get a good sleep and one of the best ways to ruin a good sleep is to eat foods that bother your stomach. Coffee, red wine and chocolate have been scientifically shown to disturb your sleep more than any other food. They upset your intestines in such a way that you will wake up constantly or have a very light sleep that doesn’t recharge you at all. Try not to have these things after lunch time.
2. Go to bed happy with your partner
One of the best ways to get a terrible sleep is to go to bed before you solve a problem with your partner. A rule many people follow in their relationships is to never go to bed angry. It is one of the best things you can do for your relationship, let alone your sleep.
3. Meditate, pray and calm down before going to bed
Every night before going to bed, try doing an hour of meditation or yoga. It allows you to throw out all the days worries and forget about the worries of tomorrow. The future cannot be changed while you are asleep and the past is gone so there is no point losing sleep over it.
Meditate or pray or do whatever you do. Simply sitting there and watching your breath is a great way to prepare yourself for a nice deep sleep with a little stress relieving meditation.
4. Don’t eat dinner right before bed
A lot of people run home after work, cook up some dinner and then eat it and go to bed. This is a bad idea. The process of digestion takes a while and you do not want to be laying down right after you ate a big meal. Try and leave a few hours in between your bedtime and your dinner and see how you feel the next day.
5. Organize your room according to Feng Shui principles
For those of you who don’t know Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art of setting up your home in a way that balances the energies and vibes by putting furniture in certain “hot spots”.
The bedroom is particularly important and I have found that since I arranged my room according to Feng Shui principles I have had a much more “rested” sleep. In particular the placement of your bed is important. Feng Shui tells us that you should sleep where you can see the door but not be in he direct path of the door opening. This helps us sleep with a sense of security. You can get some more bedroom Feng Shui tips here.
6. Go to the toilet
The reason for this is that the kidneys will continue to work during the night and by the morning your bladder will be nice and full. If your bladder fills up early you might feel the need to go during the night and this cuts out valuable time from your sleep. You might think that sleeping is about the total time spent asleep but this is incorrect. It is important to stay asleep without breaking it because it takes some hours to get into the “zone” where you are truly at rest. A toilet break interrupts this zone.
During the Night
7. Not too hot, not too cold
Another sleep related tip: your sleep is greatly affected by the how hot or cold you are during the night. It is important to get a good balance as this keeps your energies calm and stops them from spiking.
8. Keep the window open
One of the best things you can do for your health in general and your sleep in specific is to keep your window slightly open during the night.
9. Keep your sleep consistent
It’s more important to go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time everyday. Not everyone needs eight hours.
In the Morning
10. Drink a glass of water
A cool glass of water on an empty stomach actually has a lot of health benefits as well as serving to wake you up. The water will kick start your metabolism and as such you will wake up faster and feel more alert.
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