We know that sleep is a time for the body to take a break, detoxify naturally, and recharge. We also know that inadequate sleep not only take a toll on the body physically but the mind as well.
So what are some tricks to getting the deep rejuvenating sleep necessary for a bright, clear mind? It is key to complete full sleep-cycles at a time. Last post, I talked about brain waves. As we sleep our brain is actually cycling through these deeper states. Waking up in the middle of a sleep-cycle is a good way to throw your brain right into the danger zone without any ammunition. But how do you know when your brain is ready to wake? http://sleeptiming.com/ is a great website that provides optimal waking times.
Another great way to get your body on the right sleep track is to take melatonin. It is a hormone that regulates your body’s natural internal clock by helping you get to sleep at night and wake with the sun in the morning. In order to get the most benefits make sure your sleeping environment is optimal! That means no light, no stimulating input (tv or computers), and as minimal distractions as possible.
One last thing to ensure your getting the most out of your sleep ... get enough of it!! It’s best to stick to a routine when possible, and if you are still tired grab a cat nap!