The Briefest “How to Sleep Like a Baby” Article You’ll Likely Ever Read
Wake up with buzzing energy every morning and conquer the day
In the modern-day, sleeping 8 hours every night is the best life hack.
We’ve not only normalized but also glamorized sleep deprivation — nightclubs, late-night Netflix binges, and “Sleep is for the weak. Hustle!” culture being the prime culprits.
”Happiness in simplicity can be achieved with a flexible mindset and nine hours sleep each night.”
— Dalai Lama
But its ghastly consequences are far from cool — hormone disruption, low energy, cardiac risk, obesity, weak focus, irritability, high blood pressure, tampered memory, depression, and even higher mortality.
As a former light-sleeping “night owl” that conquered insomnia, I want to distill everything I’ve learned into 9 actionable tips:
Adhere to the same sleep time. Circadian rhythms govern our sleep and only by sticking to a routine can you reprogram your rhythm — 7 PM or 12 AM, choose a bedtime based on your preference and convenience.
Develop a relaxing night-time routine. Splashing cold water on my face, and reading fantasy propped on some pillows is my goto. Family banter, a lukewarm shower, journaling, and meditation are excellent alternatives.
Avoid (long) afternoon naps. Naps can mess up your sleep schedule. If you desperately need a siesta, limit it to 10 to 20 minutes — this can actually refresh your mood and energy.