How Sleep Affects Your Level of Well-Being

By: Rafal Reyzer
Updated: Oct 3rd, 2023

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Getting the right amount of sleep is the key to well-being and happiness.

Sleep deprivation leads to the secretion of cortisol (the stress hormone) into your system. Your organism also produces more ghrelin, which makes you feel hungry. Hence, lack of sleep leads to higher obesity levels but also causes irritability and depression. Not getting enough sleep also impairs your level of attention, concentration, and memory, and leads to all kinds of health problems. Moreover, it kills your sex drive (sorry). Getting enough high-quality sleep makes you feel wonderful, cheerful, energized, and optimistic. That’s well described in books like The Promise of Sleep, and can easily change your life.

“What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams.” ― Werner Herzog

So how do you use sleep to increase your level of happiness?

1. The amount and regularity of sleep

For adults, it is recommended to get seven to eight hours each night. It’s best to go to sleep and get up more or less at the same time (my system is 10:30 to 6:30). Ideally, try to avoid alcohol and caffeine before going to sleep. It decreases the quality of your slumber and makes it harder to go into the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) phase, which is crucial for regeneration.

2. Don’t irritate your stomach before sleep

Don’t eat too much before sleep. Your organism will have to deal with digestion, instead of giving you the best possible rest period. Your bed should be a place mostly used for sleep (slight variations from the rule are permissible). Try not to eat, watch TV, or browse the web when you’re in bed.

3. Keeping the sleep environment cozy for a boost in well-being

It’s also nice if your bedroom is dark, quiet, and with access to fresh oxygen. Plants in your room give off carbon dioxide during the night so you may move them to another room or open the goddamn window. You can also use the Phillips Wake Up lamp to wake up more gently instead of getting cranky in the early morning.

4. Use a sleep mask and earplugs for an undisturbed sleep experience

Getting a decent sleep mask, and earplugs are one of my best methods to get high-quality sleep and increase your level of energy. If you’re a light sleeper, it’s great to block any noise from disturbing you during the night. Also, if your partner likes to have some light on at night, you can use a sleep mask for a cozy sleep.

Additional happy sleep tips:

  • Don’t forget to drink a glass of warm milk with coca and honey, do evening yoga, and take a hot shower two hours before bedtime. It will help you fall asleep more smoothly.
  • Don’t drink alcohol or caffeine 5 – 6 hours before going to sleep (exceptions allowed from time to time).
  • Don’t have any electric light bleeping into your eye during sleep – it will keep part of your waking consciousness at bay.

How do you enjoy this article about the relation between sleep and happiness? Next up, you may want to explore a list of various spiritual disciplines.

Rafal Reyzer

Rafal Reyzer

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