Anything you love doing fits into the phrase “Eat, Sleep, _____ , Repeat.”
Eat, Sleep, Cheer, Repeat? Go team go!
Eat, Sleep, Game, Repeat? Hope you beat your high score!
Eat, Sleep, BBQ, Repeat? We’ll take ours medium rare!
You get the idea. But while you’re cheering, gaming or grilling, be sure to give the second part of the sequence — sleep — the respect it deserves. After all, EVERYTHING in life gets better after you’ve had the quality and quantity of sleep you need to stay healthy. Good thing these easy tips make sleeping well a snap:
The bedroom should be a sanctuary that induces slumber (and sex). Ban the TV or computer, which are stimulating. Sex is about as stimulating as it gets, of course, but it’s hard to stay awake afterwards, right?
The bedroom should be a clean, relaxing sanctuary to help induce sleep. There’s no need to keep the sex clean, though. Eat, Sleep, Sex, Repeat? Sounds AMAZING!
The human body is programmed to wake when it’s light and sleep when it’s night. Keep the bedroom dark with heavy curtains and cover the LED lights in electronics.
A warm room isn’t conducive to sleep. The bedroom should be cooler than the rest of your home, about 15-18 degrees Celsius. Eat, Sleep, Save Money on Heating Bills, Repeat…
The nicotine in cigarettes is a stimulant that can keep you awake and interrupt sleep with cravings for the highly addictive chemical.
Heavily spiced food, or just a heavy meal, can also disturb sleep.
You’re not alone if you said “Eat, Sleep, Coffee, Repeat” off the bat. Just know that drinking coffee, tea and cola, all of which contain caffeine, can wreck your sleep patterns. That’s why it’s a good idea to switch to decaffeinated drinks in the afternoon.
Don’t be fooled by alcohol’s sedative effects. Its effects thwart a good night’s sleep. When you do drink, remember: Eat, Sleep, Beer, WATER, Repeat!
Exercise makes you physically tired, which helps you sleep. But exercising a few hours before bedtime boosts your adrenaline levels, which keeps you awake.
If you go to bed at about the same time every night, you’ll enjoy a good night’s sleep. A wild weekend can throw your sleep routine off.
The right amount of sleep
The National Sleep Foundation recommends between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night for optimal health. Get the Zs you need, and so many everyday things get better: your mental sharpness, memory, mood, and self-control. Studies show that proper sleep helps the brain work properly, with new pathways for learning and remembering information formed while snoozing. Plus, the right amount of sleep reduces a wide range of health risks, such as heart attack, type 2 diabetes, prostate cancer, and erectile dysfunction.
Eat, Sleep, Kick Butt, Repeat!
Adam Bisby is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and father of two. His award-winning stories have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and National Post newspapers, in magazines like Explore, Reader’s Digest, International Traveller and Canadian Family, and on websites including MSN, MSN Canada, and DontChangeMuch.ca. Visit Adam’s website for more details on his award winning work.