Good sleep can be incredibly powerful for maximizing your day -especially as a brain injury survivor and I cannot emphasize how important this is and I say this with over twenty years of personal experience.
If you know me, you know how important mental health is and that is why I think just by you reading this and hopefully implementing the items below, you will improve your sleep, your life and become stronger mentally.
Many of the suggestions I make here are similar to Dr. Andrew Huberman who is an American neuroscientist and tenured professor in the Department of Neurobiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. I first learned about Dr. Huberman after listening to his interview with Tim Ferriss on The Tim Ferriss Show.
Huberman’s tips for getting better sleep
Tim Ferriss has battled with depression in his past and this is his nightly routine to optimize sleep.
My Tips for getting better sleep
- Try to go to bed at the same time each night. For me it is 10:30 PM
- Wake up at the same time every morning. For me it is 6:30 AM
- Have a regular exercise routine. I work out every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday after I wake up in the morning.
- Eat healthy. I am not going to say every single thing you eat has to be super healthy because even I enjoy a good burger, pizza, doughnut or ice cream every now and then but try to eat a good amount of healthy vegetables and I have been trying to limit my meat consumption.
- Drink lots of water. “A study in the American Journal of Medical Epidemiology found that participants “who drink five or more glasses of plain water per day have a much lower risk of fatal coronary heart disease, compared to those who drink less than two glasses per day.”
- I take the vitamin magnesium which helps me sleep and it also helps me have regular bowel movements.
I also make sure that the room is dark! To help me sleep if and when I take a little nap during the day I wear a sleep mask to block out the little bit of sunlight that comes in.
Agree. Masks help me too!