Easy to say when you no doubt work long hours and are juggling a busy work and personal life, but an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle regardless. Here are a few quick tips to enjoy a better night’s sleep.
1). Focus on quality, not quantity.
We have all heard the saying that we need a minimum of 8 hours of sleep a night, but is that realistic with today’s current lifestyle? Worry instead about the quality of your sleep, and improve this by not eating for at least an hour prior to hitting the sack.
A full stomach can lead to problems with digestion, and interfere with your body’s ability to focus on regeneration while you rest.
2). Try not to watch television for at least 30 minutes prior to sleep.
Television, or any screen time for that matter, stimulates the brain and makes it harder to ‘shut off’ for the day. Try to listen to some peaceful music instead, or have a chat with a loved one before turning in for the night.
3. Try deep breathing practice.
I like to ‘Breathe Down’ immediately before bed, by standing relaxed with feet about shoulder width apart, taking a big breath in whilst raising my hands overhead, and then slowly lowering them down the centreline of my body while breathing out. I picture myself as an Egg Timer, with the sand slowly running from the top half to the bottom half of my body, promoting deep relaxation, and helping my mind to relax.
A few handy hints that may just help you get to sleep more quickly, and provide you with that deep rest you have been craving for!
If you are looking to take your health and well-being to another level, why not get involved in Martial Arts? At Wu Xing Dao Kung Fu, we take a holistic approach to Martial Arts. It’s not just about learning self-defence and punching and kicking, it’s also about self-discipline, health and nutrition.
After you have enrolled in martial art classes, we take time to help you understand the different types of martial arts and the various life skills that come with them. This allows you to make an informed decision when choosing the martial arts style you would like to learn. We ensure that every trainee learns how to defend themselves effectively as well as enjoy the many other health benefits that martial arts offer.