Think about everything that needs to line up perfectly in order for you to be living a fully enhanced life: flawless health, a positive attitude, encouraging atmosphere, a successful career, general happiness, and on and on…
But there’s actually 1 underlying aspect of life that has an impact on virtually everything else, and improving it means improving your life.
Let’s discuss what this underlying aspect, how it affects everything else, and how to make sure you’re using it properly to enhance your life!
Think about where your day begins and ends. Alongside food, water, and oxygen, what’s another vital component to your life that you simply couldn’t live without?
But it isn’t just a necessity – your quality of sleep affects your well-being. Think about that.
And it’s not just the amount of sleep you get. You could sleep for 10 hours a night, but if it isn’t high-quality sleep, you’ll still experience that run-down feeling and negatively impact other aspects of life.
Bad sleep means less drive, more anxiety and frustration, lack of patience, lack of motivation, general fatigue, slower reflexes, and so much more…
But getting the right amount of good sleep will make each and every part of your life better!
Good sleep means better health, the likelihood of having a more positive attitude, more motivation to propel you toward success in your career and relationships, more general happiness, and a better peak operating level, among other things…
So how do you get better sleep at night?
Well, here are the basic rules that most people already know:
- Don’t drink fluids right before bed.
- Make the sleeping environment as dark as possible.
- Avoid the television, computer, and phone for a period of time before bed.
But I want to get into the more involved reasons for why people struggle to get a good level of sleep at night…
Although you may think exercising will drain you and make you even more tired, it actually rejuvenated the body and expels the energy necessary to obtain better sleep at night. This is a naturally way of increasing the need for sleep at the right times, instead of making yourself go to sleep when you have to.
And along the same lines, make sure you’re getting up and moving throughout the day. Many of us spend hours upon hours sitting at a desk each day. If you don’t allow your body to move, this inactivity actually makes us feel more sluggish. Plus, it’s unhealthy in general! So take breaks from time to time to get up and stretch.
One of the biggest adversaries of proper sleep is anxiety and stress. You may have realized that when you lay your head down to go to sleep you’re kept awake by the things weighing on your mind. Worrying equals a lack of good sleep.
Utilizing stress-relief techniques like meditation (or whatever works for you – check out previous Unlock Your Secret articles for ideas) will promote better sleep and, in turn, a better life.
The benefits of drinking enough water are virtually endless, and sleep is no exception. By making your organs work efficiently and providing 85% of what the brain is, water will help you maintain peak sleep quality.
Up your water intake to at least 8 glasses a day for improved sleep.
And also make sure your diet isn’t causing you to suffer through a lack of good sleep. Eating a healthy diet, including breakfast, will lead to better sleep and a better life!