7 steps to your beauty sleep

Women need their beauty sleep.

When it comes to sleep, it’s not just quantity that matters but the quality as well.

How you feel when you wake up often hinges on how well you rest. The cure for daytime fatigue and sleep difficulties can often be found in your lifestyle choices.

Improving your rest time will leave you feeling productive, mentally sharp, emotionally balanced, and full of energy all day long.

Stick to a consistent sleep schedule

Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even on weekends, holidays and days off.

Being consistent reinforces your body’s sleep-wake cycle and helps promote better sleep at night.

Eat right and drink right too

Don’t go to bed either hungry or stuffed. Your discomfort might keep you up. Also limit how much you drink before bed, to prevent disruptive middle-of-the-night trips to the toilet.

Nicotine, caffeine and alcohol deserve caution, too. The stimulating effects of nicotine and caffeine take hours to wear off and can wreak havoc on quality rest.

Create a bedtime ritual

Do the same things each night to tell your body it’s time to wind down. Relaxing activities can promote better sleep by easing the transition between wakefulness and drowsiness.

Be wary of using television or other electronic devices as part of your bedtime ritual.

Get comfortable

Create a room that’s ideal for sleeping. Often, this means cool, dark and quiet. Consider using room-darkening shades, earplugs, a fan or other devices to create an environment that suits your needs.

Limit daytime naps

Long daytime naps can interfere with night time sleep, especially if you are struggling with insomnia or poor sleep quality at night. If you choose to nap during the day, limit yourself to about 10 to 30 minutes and make it during the mid afternoon.

Include physical activity in your daily routine

Regular physical activity can promote better sleep, helping you to fall asleep faster and to enjoy deeper rest. Timing is important, though.

Manage your stress

When you have too much to do and too many issues to think about, your sleep is likely to suffer. To help restore peace, consider healthy ways to manage stress. Before bed, jot down what’s on your mind and then set it aside for tomorrow.

Know when to contact your doctor

Nearly everyone has an occasional sleepless night but if you often have trouble sleeping, contact your doctor. Identifying and treating any underlying causes can help you get the better sleep you deserve.

Kate

I am a writer, a journalist and phenomenal woman. I don't conform to societal stereotypes. I am passionate about women and the issues that plague womanhood in this part of the world. Engage and be awakened.

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