Let’s be frank. The stress of not knowing what is going on for sure, layoffs and uncertainty about the future has caused a lot of sleepless nights for pilots and virtually everyone else. But getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important things you can do. For starters, it’s a natural immune booster and one of the best ways to defend yourself against viruses.
So, how you can get the sleep your body needs so you can stay healthy and at your best?
Aside from counting sheep, or in the case of pilots, counting aircraft, we’ve assembled 7 steps to help you consistently have a good sleep.
Don’t use your cell phone, computer or any other electronic media when you get into your bed. Electronics should be stopped at least an hour before bed because they can interfere with your body’s production of the sleep-inducing hormone called melatonin.
When done before bedtime, meditation can quiet the mind and body and help to reduce insomnia by promoting overall calmness.
By setting a specific time to go to bed each night and wake up each morning, you help to improve the quality of your sleep by regulating your internal clock.
Having a coffee or any other drink with caffeine before bed is a bad idea because it will keep you awake. And while alcohol will make you sleepy, it won’t allow you to have a good sleep.
By taking a hot shower or bath before bed, you’ll increase your core body temperature. Once you get out of the tub your temperature will decrease and will help produce melatonin naturally.
Guava leaf tea is a wonderful way to wind down. It calms your nerves and quietens your mind, making it easier for you to slip into slumber.
Many people think stressful thoughts as they try to fall asleep. By thinking positive thoughts, you can reduce stressful feelings and even have more positive dreams.
Remember, while the quantity of sleep you get is important, so too is the quality!
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