10 easy tips to use if you want to sleep better

If you want to sleep better then you’ve come to the right place because I’m about to share with you easy tips you can use to do just that. Remember, you need to sleep better if you want to get up in the morning feeling rested and ready to take on your day.


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Sleep is vital to your journey of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle. But a lot of people aren’t getting enough of it. There are so many demands on our time that we find ourselves going to bed late and having to get up early.

But the demands are not the problem. The problem lies in the poor management of our time that drives us to sleep later than we should.

So I’m about to share with you tips that will help you sleep better so your body can repair itself and keep carrying you for the rest of your life.


  • Tip #1: Be honest with yourself about the amount of sleep you need

This tip is very crucial if you want to sleep better. Some people think they need only a short sleep because they heard such and such a millionaire is only getting four hours of sleep every night and now they must do that because somehow they think it’s trendy.

I used to have that mentality. If I read of a great person who slept five hours, I’d try to copy them and feel like a failure if I didn’t succeed at doing that. You cannot copy another person’s sleep pattern. Our bodies are different so you have to listen to yours about how much sleep you need.

Read my post on how to listen to your body here.

Now that I’m listening to my body more and being honest with myself, I know I need between 7 and 8 hours of sleep every night. So I always make sure to get those hours and doing that ensures I wake up feeling well rested and eager to start my day.

So, don’t worry about how many hours your spouse, or neighbor or colleague is sleeping. Listen to your own body to learn how much sleep you need. That will definitely help you sleep better.


  • Tip #2: Go to bed at the same time every night and get out of bed at the same time every morning

People often talk about the first part of this tip: going to bed at the same time every night. And that is extremely important because it gets built into your body’s own clock so that your body knows when it’s ready to get to bed.

Ever since I started listening to my body, I’ve established the time I go to bed and my body knows that time well. I’m wiped out and my eyes automatically close between 09:30 and 10pm.

Now, equally important  if you want to sleep better, is the second part of this tip: get out of bed at the same time every morning. By going to bed at the same time every night and getting out of bed at the same time every morning, you just about cement your body’s clock system.

Now, without even being conscious of time your body shuts down at the right time and is awake even before your alarm clock goes off in the morning. In fact, now you don’t even need your alarm clock anymore.

I fall asleep between 09:30pm and 10pm and get out of bed at 05:30am. My body has gotten so eerily familiar with that that most times I wake up a few seconds before my alarm goes off. Sometimes it goes off right as I’m turning it off.

So, take this tip as a complete set if you want to sleep better. Don’t practice the first part and neglect the second part because they are equally important.


  • Tip #3: When you are not sleeping, spend your day outside of the bedroom

This is a tip no one talks about but it’s very important. You are going to get the most out of your sleep if you go into your bedroom just to sleep at night. Spend the rest of your day outside of your bedroom. If you have to work, take your work to another part of the house.

The same thing goes for when you want to nap during the day, maybe in the afternoon. Do your napping on the couch in the living room, or someplace else if the living room is noisy.

That works wonders for me. It’s funny because if I lie on my bed and fall asleep during the day, I can’t sleep a wink during the night. Yet if I’m sitting at my desk working, and I feel sleepy, I can drop my head on the desk and easily sleep for an hour and I’ll still get to sleep the whole night. Maybe it’s just entirely psychological for me, but that’s how it works.

Because I spend all of my time outside of the bedroom during the day, I actually look forward to going to bed at night.


  • Tip #4: Reduce your naps during the day

This follows from Tip #3. Reduce your naps during the day so you can sleep better at night. During the day, take one nap and limit it to an hour maximum. You are supposed to be working during the day anyway.


  • Tip #5: Get the TV out of the bedroom

Seriously. Those bedrooms you see on TV, fully furnished with every kind of furniture including the TV are not ideal if you want to sleep better. Put the TV in the living room where you can watch it during the day.

Even then, stop watching TV several hours, maybe 4, before you retire to bed. This lets your mind go into a peaceful calm state. You don’t want to watch the news and have your mind agitated and your body unable to fall asleep.


  • Tip #6: Don’t read before bed

Reading before bed just doesn’t work for me. But I do have a book I can read anytime in my bedroom: the bible. That’s the only book you should have handy beside you.

Reading any other material like novels, newspapers and magazines just before bed works against you the same way watching TV just before bed does. It agitates your mind and body too much.


  • Tip #7: Don’t eat just before going to bed

I’ve been guilty of doing this so many times before. I still do it sometimes, and eating before bed is such a bad idea. There’s nothing worse than falling asleep on a full stomach. Rather, stop eating at least two hours before you go to bed.

That way you let your food settle and your body digest your food so that now it works on repairing itself during the night. It’s not ideal to have your body digest your food during the night when it could be working on repairing itself.


  • Tip #8: Meditate before going to bed

Meditation doesn’t require anything other than some quietness. In fact if you do it often and long enough, you can even meditate wherever you are, even inside a noisy bus.

Read about meditation in this post.

Meditating on the right things works wonders in calming your mind. I do my meditation in my bed. Even as I lie there dozing off, I’m meditating on God’s word and repeating his promises and blessings to myself. That’s the most perfect way to doze off.


  • Tip #9: Have clean bedding at all times

This tip is very crucial. You can’t sleep better on dirty sheets. Set a schedule for when you change your bedding. I have a schedule, and if I go over it by even a day, I can’t fall asleep, even when my bedding isn’t any dirtier than it was yesterday. Programming yourself to use clean bedding will put your mind and body at ease and help you sleep better.


  • Tip #10: Keep the lights on or switch them off, whichever is preferable for you

We used candles for light at home when I was growing up until we finally had electricity when I was 16. So until I was sixteen we slept in the dark because you know you can’t have a candle burning when you are asleep. So I thought lights always have to be off.

When we got electricity, it turned out I loved sleeping with the lights on much more. But I did switch them off at first because that’s what I thought was the right thing to do. But it wasn’t for me. I prefer to sleep with the lights on.

If you live with others, you might be compelled to copy their preferences when it comes to sleeping with your lights on/off. Don’t. If everyone else sleeps with their lights off and you sleep better with your lights on, then keep your lights on. You want to be as comfortable as possible if you want to sleep better.


The final word

A good night sleep is indispensable to enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle, so ensure that you get as much as your body needs. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have so much work that it should eat into your sleep time.

No, revise your work schedule so you do your work during the day and you sleep during the night. Up your time management skills. Everyone should be able to get at least 6 hours of sleep at night. Everyone.


Thank you for reading this post. I hope it was helpful in helping you sleep better. Please tell us what works for you by leaving a comment.


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Here are 5 reasons why morning exercise is better for you

Are you thinking of taking on morning exercise? When I started taking exercise seriously almost four years ago, I grappled with the question of when to exercise. It was either morning or evening for me.

I did myself a favor by experimenting with both times until I settled on morning exercise. I’m about to share with you why I strongly believe that you get the most out of exercise when you do it in the morning.


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Please remember the significance of exercise when it comes to enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle by reading my post.

Before I give my reasons, I suggest you do what I did. You experiment with both morning exercise and evening exercise. People are different, and while morning exercise might work for me, you might prefer evening exercise.

Remember, the key to enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle is finding out what works for you and sticking to it instead of letting your beliefs be swayed by other people. Celebrate your uniqueness by doing things you way. Listen to your body in everything you do. Read my post on how to listen to your body.

Now, I’ll remind you again, as I have in some of my past posts, that I know nothing about science and always rely on my own body to tell me what is right and wrong. So, I’ll talk about morning exercise solely from what my body tells me versus what science might say.


Now here are my reasons for why morning exercise is better for you:

  • Reason #1: It’s the perfect tool to wake your body up

You’ve just gotten out of bed, hopefully got your 6 to 8 hours of sleep. And now you hit the fresh morning air outside. Now, after being curled up in your bed for at least 6 hours, morning exercise is the best thing to unravel your body and get it ready for the rest of the day.

I’ve made comparisons between how I feel pre-workout and how I feel post-workout, and I can confidently say my body feels pretty much sleepy pre- workout and totally revived post-workout.


  • Reason #2: Morning exercise makes you confident that you’ll conquer your to-do list

A typical to-do list will have your workout in it. And during those times when I experimented with evening exercise, I had a little bit of anxiety lurking at the back of my mind, knowing after doing everything else on my to-do list, I still had to do my workouts.

For most people exercise is the most difficult task on their to-do list. Now morning exercise makes you confident about the rest of your tasks because now you’ve just gotten the most difficult thing out of the way.

Besides, morning exercise clears your mind and body, making both ready to deal with the demands of the rest of your to-do list.


Reason #3: The fresh morning air is good for you.

I always pride myself in thinking that I breathe the cleanest air by doing my morning exercise. I’m one of the few people outside in my neighborhood first thing in the morning. The air is crisp and I can smell its freshness. This is the time when I feel most conscious of my breathing. I’m actually aware of the fresh air as it fills my lungs. Breathing in clean untainted air is one of the best pros of morning exercise.


Reason #4: There are less distractions in the morning

Think about it. The kids are still in bed. You have all the time to yourself before everyone wakes up and demands your attention. You can exercise, meditate and focus on getting your body ready for the day.

Now, if you exercise in the evening, you’re reeling from the stresses of the day behind you. On top of that, there are evening tasks to do like cooking and helping with homework.


Reason #5: You feel most optimistic in the morning

You are fresh out of bed, excited by the possibilities of the rest of your day. Nothing has tainted your day yet and you have resolutions set for the day. You are eager to start your day and deliver on your resolutions. So, your morning exercise is done with that optimism.

Additionally, in the morning, you tend to challenge your body more than you do with your evening exercise. Because you are optimistic, you can take on new physical challenges. And you have the stamina for those challenges.


The final word

Remember that while this post is about how morning exercise is better for you, everyone is different. If you prefer evening exercise, then don’t let this post bring you down. This post is based on my personal experiences, and the experiences of many other people. But it doesn’t in any way demean evening exercise if it works better for you.

If you are just starting to exercise and you don’t know whether to go for morning exercise or evening exercise, then this post will help you make a decision, provided you’ve experimented with both times and listened to what your body says about the best time for you to exercise.


Thank you for reading this post. Please let us know which one you prefer: morning exercise or evening exercise, and why. Your thoughts are very valuable to us so please leave a comment below.


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