How Your Sleep Patterns Can Make You More Grateful

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Your sleep patterns affect how grateful you are during the daylight hours. Whether you are a light sleeper or a really deep sleeper, you sleep at odd times or have a strict routine, it all affects your mood and, in essence, the way you view things.

Gratitude in itself is important in our lives.

Why should you be concerned about feelings of gratitude? Forget the social reasons of bringing smiles to people’s faces and inspiring feelings of importance. Forget the fire lit in the eyes of the one you express such emotions to. There is a large body of research that proves people who are constantly finding something to be grateful for are the happiest and healthiest. At the end of the day, each and every one wishes for both of these. Happiness to have that light skips in the step, and health to ensure a happier life.

Poor sleep with less hours means people become rather selfish, thinking of personal comfort over that of others’. One’s ability to feel and express gratitude diminishes with a lack of quality in sleep, resulting in the chaos that surrounds us. Truly, how many grumpy zombies are there walking around in the mornings, before they obtain the vital energy from caffeine in coffee? Some even manage to last all day in that wretched state. They may be mean and hurtful and downright inconsiderate, most probably because they have slept a whopping two hours.

So how can you make sure you are getting the best sleep to keep up your health and feelings of gratitude?

• Stick to a schedule, even on the weekends

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• Don’t go to bed either stuffed or hungry

• Create a nightly ritual which signals your body to relax, knowing it’s time for sleep

• Create a space ideal for sleep by removing noise, light and other stressors

• Include daily physical activities in your routine to tire out your body

• Handle all problems that might op up in your mind and have you fretting all night and organize your priorities, knowing that you will be able to handle the workload

• Stay away from or reduce daytime naps to 10-30 minutes, ensuring your body understands that it is to sleep deeply later at night.
Gratitude is an emotion that benefits all in the process. It’s always a good idea to stoke it. Hence, fix up your nightly routines and keep that schedule as you sleep to better your happiness and health, along with everyone else’s.

Sources:
http://www.spsp.org/?Gratitude_PR_19Jan13
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sleep/HQ01387/NSECTIONGROUP=2

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