How many times have you heard any of theses?
"Coffee doesn't even affect me anymore?"
"I slept a full night's sleep and still woke up exhausted."
"I'll sleep when I'm dead."
"Any more than 6 hours of sleep and I can't function."
My goodness, there's a lot to unpack here. First off, sleep is necessary and you need it for top mental and physical functioning. Assuming that you are not under the care of a physician, requiring a CPAP or other breathing assistive device at night, or taking medication specifically for this, let's break down a few things that sleep can impact:
1) Attention during your day
2) Hunger/calorie consumption
3) General work performance
4) Physical function
5) PAIN - this is a big one
That's just to name a few. By improving sleep, you can set yourself up for success! It all starts with your habits that you will need to develop, and losing the ones that got you in your position in the first place.
Here are somethings that you can try:
1) Have an AM and PM bed time routine that signals your body to begin preparing for sleep and to wake up from it
2) Avoid caffeine consumption after 2PM: caffeine stays in your body for a while, so doing this will help to improve the quality of your sleep
3) Reduce blue light from electronics such as computers, cell phones, and TVs at least 30-45 minutes before bed and more if you have trouble falling asleep
4) Perform relaxing activities instead that help you wind down like light stretching, folding laundry, journaling, etc that will be monotonous and promote your awareness of sleepiness
Whether you realize it or not, you likely ARE sleepy - you just aren't aware of it.
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