Tips for Better Sleep

FRANÇAIS PAGE 2 – Conseils pour Mieux Dormir

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We all need to sleep better. Because sleep is what help us recharge our batteries. But did you know that we often don’t sleep well enough because of habits we have?

According to what Dr M. Breus said, we don’t sleep well because our bodies are not able to attain that deep sleep state where they can properly rest. I’m talking about REM sleep and this is actually essential for us to wake up rested in the morning.

Do you also feel like you have enough time to sleep but still wake up tired, no matter the time you go to bed? Then, continue reading to discover the 5 tips Dr Breus advises us to follow to perform at our best everyday.

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1 – One wake up time

You need to choose one wake up time. No matter the hour, you have to be consistent with yourself.

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Yes, only one. Even on the weekends. Your body needs to have that routine to properly adapt to your environment.

Only then will you be able to even wake up without any alarm. By choosing to wake up everyday at the same time, you will even find yourself planning your day in the good way. And even be consistent in your everyday life.

2 – Caffeine

We almost all drink coffee. And everyone knows that coffee, as almost everything in life, can be harmful if we drink too much of it.

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As a matter of fact, our body needs about 6 to 8 hours to eliminate coffee.

So, we have to stop drinking coffee by 2 pm if we want to sleep well.

3 – Alcohol

Basically, in the same sense as coffee, if we want our bodies to eliminate alcohol properly, we should drink one cup of water for every glass of alcohol we drink, and wait one hour before going to bed.

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Actually, in order for alcohol not to affect the physical restoration of the body during sleep – because it does affect it, alcohol make your body skip REM sleep and even lead you to snore sometimes – we need to be aware of our consumption of it.

If you have more than 3 glasses, Dr Breus advises you to simply stop drinking alcohol 3 hours before going to bed.

4 – Exercise daily

We all understand that exercising is essential to a healthy lifestyle but we should also choose when we exercise. In fact, exercising increase our body temperature and brings the wrong signal to our brains in order to sleep.

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Dr Breus also advises anyone with problem sleeping to try and have a warm bath before going to bed. This will cool off your body and then send signals to your brain that it is time to go to bed, because our body temperature decreases once out of the water.

Tip # 4 is then to stop exercising 4 hours before bed.

5 – Water and sunlight

Usually, when we wake up, we don’t necessarily need more sleep, we are tired because our body needs to be hydrated and feel the sunlight.

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And guess what, if you take time to go outside in the morning, you actually taking time to yourself and then you have time to dedicated to your daily meditation. Check my article about meditation if you didn’t have time already : Stop running and Listen to Yourself.

As soon as you get out of bed, drink about 20 ounces of water and get 15 minutes of sunlight.

I guarantee you, if you follow those tips, you will have a better sleep and then a better life. Only when you listen to yourself can you be productive and creative in your everyday life.

If you want to know more about Dr M. Breus, I invite you this visit his website.

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Be sure to stay tuned, as we are going to continue talking about the mind-body connection and how this can be a game changer in your life.

Thank you for reading me and I’ll see you in the next article.

Stay tuned.

Love

Ben

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