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Tricks for actually getting that extra hour of sleep

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by Troy Fisbe
When it comes to sleep, it seems like we all know what we *should* do to get more of it. We just don’t do it.
More often than not, it so happens that our 9-5 gig does not limit itself to just 9-5.
We have pending projects and assignments and other personal chores that consumes more than 14 hours a day. At such times, the biggest thing we have to compromise on is our sleep. Sleep, the most loved, most desired, and most cherished activity of more than millions around the world.
Some of us may even be guilty of dreaming about the pleasure of becoming a panda, sleeping for N number of hours in a day. Everyone wants to sleep better in such hectic schedules. We can’t find enough ways on how to sleep better for a satisfying and sound sleep. And so, squeezing in a proper sleep time becomes a tough task.
At the end of a hectic day, all we can crave for is a good night’s sleep. For which many people have to compromise on social events, family chores, or even deadlines. Have you ever felt like a zombie due to the lack of sleep in the middle of work at office?
Many of us may have experienced this situation. This is why, it is important to sleep better so that our work does not get affected the next day.
Even more, you can manage cherishing better sleep if you plan your schedule accordingly. And doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result, is the definition of insomnia. Wait, that’s not right.
Regardless, NBC News has some helpful hints for changing your routine and getting an extra hour of sleep.
If you can’t stop going over your to-do list when you’re trying to sleep, try the following: read a little, take a shower or do something physical that doesn’t require a lot of mental energy.
Just don’t go on your phone! This is the hardest, but give yourself time after eating dinner to send those last tweets and then say no more once you’ve brushed your teeth.
If you’re accustomed to a nightcap, that’s actually not necessarily bad.
The trick is making sure you’ve downed that drink at least an hour before bed so you don’t rob yourself of restful sleep.
“You snooze, you lose” is actually a good thing to remember when your alarm goes off. That extra time might actually make you more tired.
Aside from that, avoid fried or spicy foods late in the day, don’t overdo it on the workouts before lights out and definitely don’t do those things together.
There! Sleep crisis solved. (-AOL News)


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