How to Stay Fresh throughout the Day
How much sleep do we really need? The question is answered by every third article about sleep. What no-one understands is that by merely telling that we need 7 to 8 hours of sleep, the problems won’t go away. The stress will still be there. No matter how strong is research about sleeping, unless we put this information to practical use, nothing will happen for real. What best may happen is stress. We may get tense that we aren’t sleeping healthy.
Sleep is a Personal Matter
What people don’t understand is that sleep is not a matter of common norms and research. It is a highly personal matter which may differ person to person. We don’t need some facts by scientists to formulate what not… For God’s sake, there is enough already on the internet. No! What we need is a set of principals. Everyone will be able to apply them. We can then form a self-sufficient routine. The question of how much sleep is enough has a different answer for everyone.
Tips for Proper Sleeping:
In this article, I will share some tips with you that helped me not only manage my sleeping activity, it also allowed me to adjust my productivity. Although as humans, we all are prone to mistakes...especially when it comes to managing daily routine. As human beings, it is hard to tolerate things which are very repetitive. The intolerance increases when we find out that this routine is for every day. Given below are several tips. They will allow you to evaluate the question of “how much sleep is enough” for yourself.
1. Standard Sleeping Hours are Myth:
We all have read and worried about getting 8-hour sleep as young adults or even 14-hour sleep as teenagers. There are many pieces of related research popping up. Some say that those standard hours are a lie. Some say that lack of sleep does harm to your creativity, productivity, and intelligence. It might be true. But solid numbers may not tell the whole story. Following are signs of a good night sleep.
a. You wake up feeling refreshed.
b. You don’t have long waking hours in bed at night.
c. During the daytime hours, you are ever ready to do productive work or at least manage time for essentials.
d. Common nighttime behaviors such as intense snoring , pauses in breathing or restlessness are absent.
If you have these signs, congratulations! You have passed the healthy sleeping test. However, in case, you think you might be short on proper sleep; it is worth checking for the causes of disturbance in routine. My personal advice goes for 6-7 hours of sleep at least.
2. Love what you do:
How is it a sleeping tip? Well, if you read the first tip, it has few signs of sleeping well. You won’t be performing productive work which might affect your sleep patterns. When a task seems boring or unproductive, your pattern is simply disturbed. You may doze off at random hours of work or simply procrastinate a lot. When you try to make up for it later, voila! The sleep pattern is officially out of order.
Form easily achievable tasks and do them with full focus. Do everything you can to get it through the day. Form a gratitude plan or anything which strikes your fancy to make every day different.
3. Segmented VS Consecutive Sleep:
Frankly, I am a fan of continuous sleep. However, it is a personal matter. Don’t believe and stress over those websites telling you that straight 8-9 hours of sleep is a minimum requirement. Often they leave you wondering over the question of how much sleep is enough. Another research is showing that people used to have segmented hours of sleep in past eras. Some still do according to their routine and manage to lead a healthy life. What matters is that you are always fresh and ready to achieve your goals.
4. Form a Proper Pattern:
This is for those who find it hard to sleep before midnight. When you manage to form a proper routine or pattern of sleep, you would find an easy life. The routine allows us to know what to do and when to do. Although we find repetitive things boring, we also need proper structure for doing things. Therefore, it is worth your time to find time for the essentials of the day. Find time for those tasks. Make a priority list and assign time for each. By the end of the day, at least 95% of your tasks must be achieved. Another key to achieving them is forming doable tasks. This way you will be forming a new structure every day and won’t get bored.
5. Break the routine Once a While:
Breaking the routine is healthy. The free time in the middle of busy weekdays allows you to recharge. All work and no play will simply lead to heavy procrastination. This leads to high-stress levels. Don’t feel bad for breaking routine once a while. But definitely feel bad if you find yourself shirking off the work too often. The key is to have a balance of order and chaos.
6. A Night-time Ritual:
You cannot change your mind about something. You can, however, manage to trick it. A setting of nighttime ritual is an ideal way of telling your brain that it is time for sleep. Although the habit takes quite a time to be developed, it is well rewarding. Drink a warm milk glass or simply wash your face and slip into something more comfortable.
The idea of exercise is not old. A healthy body will have a healthy mind. Especially if your workout is tiring or challenging, you will find it easy to sleep restfully at night. The blessing of muscle fatigue of exercise after a busy day will make itself visible to you when you go to bed.
Although majority people need an average of 6-7 hours of sleep, it is a personal matter. Some may adjust for 5-6 hours. Some may require more time for recharging. Forming a self-sufficient pattern is best. What matters is that we are fresh and ready for the day ahead.