The importance of a good night’s sleep
We all know how hard modern life can be. If it’s not money worries, sick then it’s family issues that can make everything such a grind. And the long, try cold and dark winter nights really don’t help either!
But the one thing that I find can cure most of my aches and pains is to get a decent night’s sleep. There’s nothing better than waking up feeling refreshed and ready for a brand new day.
Unfortunately a good night’s sleep can be hard to find. Many nights are spent tossing and turning with mental worries and general feelings of sleeplessness. And this is doubly hard when you have children taking up your every waking hour!
So I’ve tried to change my routine slightly in the daytime so that when I go to bed, I’m in the right physical and mental state to get a good night’s sleep.
I’m sure I’m not alone in making promises to start the New Year with more exercise in my life. To get away from the comfort of the television and the internet is hard to do. But I promise you’ll feel so much better with a bit of exercise.
By going to the gym a couple of times a week, you’ll feel like there’s a whole new dimension in your life. Not only will you feel fitter and trimmer, but it’s a good way to meet new people and for once you’ll go to bed feeling like you’ve actually earned that rest!
Along with the new exercise regime, a good way to get stuck into the New Year is to make sure that your diet is healthy enough to deal with your new active lifestyle.
Cutting out the junk food and not always living out of the freezer is hard to do when you’re trying to make ends meet and look after the kids. But buying in bulk and doing a bit of planning in advance can really make all the difference.
And I’ve done a bit of internet research and found a few interesting articles that also show how important your diet is for your sleeping habits. It’s going to be hard to kick habits like caffeine and alcohol, but it’s amazing how much cutting these out have helped me get good, unbroken sleep.
And finally once you’ve got your body in shape, it’s time to try and conquer the hardest battleground of all – the mind. Sometimes no matter how much I’ve worked out, and how tired I am, I can’t seem to get my brain to switch off when my head hits the pillow.
Usually its thoughts of the past month’s events or regrets that keep coming back to haunt me in the small hours. So I think it’s really important to make sure that you have things to look forward to.
Whether it be planning a holiday in the sun, going on a shopping trip, or even just meeting some friends for a drink, having at least a couple of things every week to look forward to will help keep your mind in a healthy place.