Sleeping well improves your wellbeingFri, 2011-01-21 13:44
Written by Tarja, Nokia Wellness Diary team
In my earlier blog post on sleep I wrote about the connection between sleeping and eating. I promised in that blog post to increase my sleep average from 7 hours 36 minutes by half an hour to somewhere around 8 hours because I felt I was not getting enough sleep. Now when I look at my sleep average in Wellness Diary I can tell you that my sleep average during the last 7 days is 8 hours 6 minutes - 30 minutes more than in the beginning of December. Pretty well done, don’t you think?
Now you might be wondering whether I managed to sleep this well already during Christmas Holiday in order to avoid eating too many sweets and goodies. Well, to tell you the truth, I already did sleep longer then, but I did not eat fewer goodies. But that has nothing to do with my sleep average. I just happen to love goodies in case you did not already know that.
I wanted to check what other benefits sleeping well has. I searched Medicinet again and found an interesting article about a good night’s sleep. In this article they say that getting enough sleep and sleeping well help us stay healthy. They give good advice how to sleep better. I found out that I could do more of the positive things each night to tell my body that it's time to wind down. I sometimes work too late in the evening and when I go to sleep my brain continues to work and I do not fall asleep because of too many thoughts in my mind. Ever happened to you?
I also found out that I have already followed quite many of those advices when increasing my sleep average and improving the quality of it. I have managed to follow these advices:
- Try to exercise at regular times each day: I have mostly managed to avoid exercising after 8 pm, since I have noticed that it has a negative effect on my sleep. I now exercise between 6 pm and 8 pm during the week and in the afternoon on weekends.
- Don't drink beverages with caffeine late in the day: I have followed this rule most of my life, since I really have noticed a clear correlation between drinking coffee and sleep.
- Try not to worry about your sleep: I do not have to wonder whether I get enough sleep, since now I know my sleep average and have learnt that after a short night sleep I seem to sleep longer during the next few nights. I just do it more consciously today. I have also found out that when my sleep average is around 8 I not only feel better, but also tolerate better the occasional shorter nights.
What do you do to sleep better? Share your secrets with us.