The best way to rejuvenate yourself is to reduce the amount of stress you have present in your life and rest. When you sleep soundly, your body has the opportunity to repair itself physically and psychologically, as suggested by the website Kids Health. For it to be a fully restful experience, you need to receive a certain amount of hours of uninterrupted sleep. Children need up to 16 hours of sleep daily, while adults can get away with only five, according to the website Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.
Create a restful atmosphere in your bedroom by keeping it clean and organized and having a comfortable mattress with soft blankets and a warm comforter if the weather is cold. You should avoid using your bed for anything other than sleep so that your brain relates it with resting as opposed to eating, using the Internet or watching TV.
Eat food that will help calm your brain before bedtime, suggests Drs. William and Martha Sears in their article "Food For Sleep," published on their website. They note that light meals high in carbohydrates and low in protein will help you unwind. Some examples include whole wheat pita bread with hummus or a tuna salad sandwich.
Take a hot bath approximately 90 minutes before you go to bed. According to the article "Trouble Sleeping? Chill Out," published by Stanford University, when you take a hot bath, your body temperature will drop as soon as you get out of the water, which is thought to help you fall asleep faster. You can add essential oils to your bath that will further stimulate your brain's ability to relax, such as lavender essential oil, which has calming effects on the nervous system, according to the book "Pharmacy of Flowers" by herbalist David Crow.
Get up in the morning feeling rejuvenated and take a shower with lukewarm water to awaken your body and make you feel fresh.
Make a light but energetic breakfast smoothie that includes fruits such as banana and strawberry. Fruit contains vitamins to nourish your body and sugars to help fuel your brain, according to the Franklin Institute.
- Kids Health: Sleep
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: Why Is Sleep So Important?
- Ask Dr. Sears: Food For Sleep
- Stanford University: Trouble Sleeping? Chill Out
- "The Pharmacy of Flowers"; David Crow; 2005