You might be surprised to learn that there's a simple treatment that boosts energy levels, improves memory, increases your ability to concentrate, strengthens your immune system, and decreases your risk of death and injury in accidents. Amazingly, it costs absolutely nothing, and is available to anyone.
It's called "sleep." Ever heard of it? Quality, restful, undisturbed sleep is one of the keys to maximizing your daytime energy level, but it may take a little tinkering to find what's right for you.
Here are a few tips that can help:
1.) Catch the right number of Zs. Experiment with finding the amount of sleep that's right for you, and stick with it religiously -- even on the weekends and holidays!
2.) Nap wisely. If you absolutely have to take a nap, limit it to one hour -- and don't nap at all if you suffer from insomnia.
3.) Treat sleep disorders. If you can't get any rest, have yourself tested for sleep disorders. There are more than 100, and each can interfere with your physical and emotional well being.
4.) Lose weight. Obesity and poor sleep patterns go hand-in-hand, and just make each other worse. Your only real choice is to nip obesity in the bud.
5.) Reset your body clock. Faulty circadian rhythms can foul up the timing of your normal sleep/wake cycle. The fix? Work to reset your body clock naturally.
6.) Create the right sleep environment. Your bedroom should be your sleeping sanctuary, not a place to read, knit, or watch TV. If your body associates bed with sleep, you'll get to sleep more quickly and you'll sleep better.
7.) Eat, drink, and be sleepy. Never go to bed hungry, but don't go to bed right after dinner either. In addition, you should watch your intake of alcohol, water, and stimulants late in the evening.
8.) Sleep well when traveling. Look for hotels, like the Crowne Plaza chain, that understand the need for great sleep and provide for it. If you plan to travel several time zones away, try resetting your body clock in advance.