The quality and quantity of your sleep can affect how you feel and perform in the morning. Adequate, restful sleep is essential for various physiological and cognitive functions. Sleep is crucial for memory consolidation, which is the process of transferring short-term memories to long-term storage. Lack of sleep can lead to difficulties in focusing, reduced attention span, and impaired concentration.
According to Healthline, the way you go to sleep is determined by the way you wake up. If you want to wake up happy and on time, you should avoid snoozing, leave your phone alone, shine some light on the matter, make the bed, pump up the tunes, diffuse a zesty scent, pull your hair, drink water, eat a healthy breakfast, and do some light exercise1. These habits can help you reset your internal clock and feel more alert and energized.
There are a lot of advantages to having quality sleep. Sleep quality can improve with lifestyle changes which include:
- developing or maintaining a regular schedule for sleeping and waking, including on weekends
- using the bed or bedroom only for sleep and sex, if possible
- reducing caffeine and alcohol consumption, particularly in the evening
- getting exposure to natural light during the daytime or using a light therapy device
- reducing exposure to blue light, such as in phones, computers, and other devices, before bed
- making time each evening to rest and relax, avoiding sources of stress
To optimize the quality and quantity of sleep, it’s important to maintain a consistent sleep schedule, create a conducive sleep environment, practice good sleep hygiene, and address any underlying sleep disorders if present. Prioritizing sleep is a fundamental aspect of promoting overall health and well-being.