Itâ€™s no surprise that many of us in the Caribbean aren’t getting enough sleep, but an article by BBC News offers quite a few tips from a director of Clinical Sleep Research on you can get sleep faster when you head hit the pillow, tips that you may not have heard before. For example:
Tensing until your muscles hurt may not seem the most sensible way of getting to sleep, but it’s a popular and proven cognitive technique. Systematically tense each muscle group in turn until it starts to hurt… and then let go. This creates a warm feeling of relaxation, and any tension should flow away. The theory is that with physical relaxation comes mental calmness.
If youâ€™re like me, you maybe have heard of this method (Progressive Muscle Relaxation), but there was one tip that was entirely new to me:
Just repeating “the” could be the solution. It’s known as a blocking strategy, another cognitive technique. The aim is to stop the mind racing.
Repeating a simple word like “the” at irregular interval blocks other thoughts coming into your head.
Finally, out of curiosity
How many hours do you sleep in a night ❓
- Over 8 hours
- 7-8 hours
- 6 – 7 hours
- 5 – 6 hours
- Under 5 hours
- I’m polyphasic, baby. Your rules don’t apply to me.
Starting with me â€“ On an average I get about 5 hours of sleep a night. letâ€™s hear about your sleeping habits in the comments. Photo by:*Peasap*