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5 Things You Can Do To Rejuvenate Yourself

  1. Dark, Quiet, & Cool
    The 3 fundamentals of a great night’s sleep are dark, quiet, and cool. To create a dark, quiet environment and get rid of distracting lights and sounds:
    • Shut all the curtains or blinds in your bedroom, and turn off the night light (you’re an adult now.)
    • If other family members are going to be staying up later than you and keeping the lights or television on, keep your door closed and ask them not to bother you once you’re in bed.
    • Open your window (as long as it’s quiet outside) or keep a fan or air conditioner on to keep a comfortably cool temperature in the room.
  2. Early Exercise
    If you’re restless in the evening and can’t wind down by the time you climb into bed, it could be because you’re not using up enough energy during the day. Believe it or not, exercising early on in the day helps you better utilize your energy stores during the day. It also boosts your metabolism and helps you think more clearly. Better yet, the old restless, agitated feeling you used to experience at night will be replaced by the need to rest your tired body and mind. By the end of a day that began with exercise, you'll be so exhausted that you won’t want to wait to hit the sack. Early exercise is ideal, but not mandatory. Just be sure that you begin to wind down toward your bed time beginning 3 hours before it's time to hit the hay.
  3. Food Police
    Watch what you eat! Are you eating or drinking caffeinated foods late in the day? Do you eat too close to bedtime? Caffeine's effects can last for up to 7 hours, so lay off the caffeine after noon to ensure that any caffeine left in your system will be used up by the time you’re ready to lie down. This includes coffee, chocolate, and soda, which means that you may have to adjust your evening snack to something healthier, like a small piece of in-season fruit or air-popped popcorn. This can also be a win-win situation for your waistline. It's best to stop eating at least 2 hours before you go to bed. The digestive process can disrupt your sleep cycle and may even trigger strange dreams and nightmares.
  4. Stress Less
    Do the day’s events run through your head non-stop when all you want to do is shut off your mind and drift off to sleep? Letting stress get the better of you during the day can affect your sleep cycle, making a bad problem worse. Stress is also linked to countless diseases and a weakened immune system.
  5. Get Into A Routine
    Think about how your heart beats—it's a steady rhythm: lub-dub, lub-dub, lub-dub. Your body also craves routine, particularly during the sleep cycle. If you’re having a difficult time getting a full 8 hours of sleep every night, set yourself some boundaries. If your bedtime is 10:00 p.m., and it takes you 30 minutes to fall asleep, set your alarm for 6:30 a.m. Not only will you ensure that you'll be getting a full 8 hours of sleep every night, you’ll also give your body the routine it needs. Soon, this routine will become familiar to your body. You'll recognize the change once you can't help but be sleepy by 10:00 p.m. every night.

Now that you have a better idea of what rejuvenation is all about, the next step is to learn more about rest and recovery. Give us a call for a complimentary consultation.