Lately there have been a lot of scientific studies out saying that getting enough sleep is really important. They also say that all kinds of things can happen to your body if you’re sleep deprived. As someone who usually only gets between 5 and 6 hours of sleep a night, I’m a little concerned. Weight gain is one thing you can look forward to if you continue a lifestyle of not enough sleep. Not to mention brain-fog, etc. As someone who suffers from both problems, one of my new goals is to try and get more sleep. It’s really hard to go to bed earlier in the summer. For one thing, it doesn’t get dark out until around 9 or so. For another, we’re once again having an extremely hot and humid summer. So, I end up putting bedtime later and later, hoping that it will magically get cooler. To help with this problem, I’ve put a large fan on the hope-chest that sits at the end of my bed. This helps a lot, but falling asleep can be an issue, too.
Doing meditation, or at least breathing correctly can help. I try to breathe through my nose, and with my diaphragm, not only my lungs. This also helps, as it relaxes the body. But, usually my mind tends to jump all over the place. Again, meditation can help with that. I try to just breathe, and think, in, out, in, out, and only that. Of course this is a work in progress, so I think that it’ll just take time, like everything else. Another goal to work on; my list keeps growing, but hopefully, with time this will get better, too.
If you have any tricks to getting more sleep, let me know.