With the regular workday growing longer and longer, and deadlines breathing down your neck, every single day, the little time you devote to recuperating and recovering from the mounting workloads gets tougher and tougher to scrape together. And so, even as health experts extol the benefits of a good night’s sleep, most modern-day professionals find themselves forced to make do with barely a couple of hours, banishing their exhaustion with a strong cup of coffee the morning after.
Weekends see these very same people hitting the sack for as many of twelve hours of the twenty-four they can spare for themselves, hoping that this ‘sleep overdose’ will make up for the indecencies their weekdays inflict on them.
However, this topsy-turvy pattern of sleep is a lot more harmful than what many of these unwary individuals suspect. Decades of research have ably demonstrated how sleeping too little, or too much can steal years from your life, while also addling you with a number of ailments that plague you well into your older years.
Further, when you try to oversleep your way to balancing your body’s sleep requirements, you are actually throwing your biological clock even further askew than it currently is. And so, your body responds with a poor metabolism, terrible skin and hair and a face that looks like a coagulated blob of flesh.
Recent research has also indicated that moderating the amount of sleep you grant your body to anywhere between 7 and 9 hours each night, is just what you need to drive away that exhaustion without an extra-strong caffeine fix, without falling prey to the gamut of disadvantages too much sleep can bring about.
A few pointers to keep you from sleepless nights and groggy mornings:
- Keep distractions like light and sound to a bare minimum, even using earplugs and an eye-mask if necessary.
- Avoid eating, or even nibbling on a pre-sleep time snack within tow hours before you sleep.
- Refrain from exercising within tree hours of bedtime to keep your body from staying awake and sleeping lighter than you need to.
- Avoid caffeine and nicotine, before you hit the sack. Both of these stimulants are bound to keep you awake for hours, and even cause sleepless nights altogether if you down cup after cup of coffee after dinner.
- Stick to a regular bedtime as far as possible. This ensures that your biological clock adjusts to this pre-ordained period of rest and keeps you bright and alert through the rest of the day.
- Try to sleep on your back instead of your stomach to keep fluid from accumulating in and around your face. Use a firm mattress which keeps your posture aligned even as you sleep, to ensure an adequate circulation of blood and nutrients to your facial muscles and skin to allow them to revive and recuperate.