Sleep is a vital part of our systemic routine, yet many of us do not get enough. We know it helps your body and mind work, but managing your sleep patterns is problematic with a bustling schedule. It is proven that there is a link between our creative process and REM sleep. REM sleep allows for pattern recognition (i.e., connecting ideas) which in turn aids in problem-solving.
Lucid dreaming is being conscious while sleeping. Just be sure to keep a notebook next to your bed to write it down when you wake up before you forget. Lack of sleep hurts our creativity. For our brain to function properly, we must make sure we have a good night’s rest.
A tired brain would not be able to concentrate on anything. To ensure we get the best quality of sleep possible, there are a few things we should do. This includes having a good sleeping pattern: humans need an average of 6-8 hours of sleep. This means you go to bed at a certain time to wake up early for whatever work you have to do.
If you have problems falling asleep there are a few things you can listen to on YouTube such as falling raindrops. Another thing is to make sure you sleep with the lights completely off so that your body can function effectively.
Avoid sleeping during the day. “Power naps” may be beneficial, but it can affect your night sleep cycle. Try drinking supplements such as lavender tea or ginkgo if you need help regulating your sleep patterns. Your bedroom temperature should be cool as you tend to sleep better if the room is cooler.
Try to avoid any kind of caffeine at least four hours before you sleep. Caffeine will affect your sleep cycle. Avoid heavy meals as they tend to overwork our bodies when we are sleeping which can lead to waking up hungry and tired.
Avoid using devices such as smartphones, TV or any other electronic device. It is better to try reading a novel, meditate or listen to soothing music. Exercising should not be done right before bed. Exercising creates an adrenaline rush which will make you more alert. Avoid sleeping at odd hours. Create a stable schedule and stick to it.