When you need more space in the family home to either accommodate for a new arrival or upgrade your standard of living then there are two options; you can either move to a larger property or create more space in your current home in whatever way possible. Whether it’s physical construction or less drastic changes, for most people the latter option could provide a more cost effective and viable solution and therefore home improvement of this kind is popular all over the world.
There are many options when it comes to creating more space within your home and it will depend on budget and just how much extra space you require as to which option you decide to go for. Here are four excellent ways of improving your home to achieve more room.
Reassess Each Room –
The easiest and possibly least costly way of making more space is to reassess each room in turn and decide what you need and what you can do without. Over the years we tend to accumulate mountains of stuff; a lot of which we acquire without actually having a desire for it to be in our homes. By de-cluttering the main rooms in your home you may find that you’ve suddenly freed up some valuable extra space.
You may also want to look at your storage choices in each room too. A lot of the time we tend to choose storage solutions that have a wide surface area but switching to taller, slimmer ones will create a lot more space at ground level.
Convert Your Loft –
Loft conversions are a very popular form of home improvement and are the least invasive form of physical extension to your home. The size and style of your loft conversion will depend on your budget, the type of house you live in and how much space you are looking for. Loft conversions generally don’t require planning permission although this may be needed in certain circumstances like if you overlook a public highway.
A stylish conversion will add value to your home as well as creating a whole extra room that can be used for a variety of functions. Costs will vary depending on what style of conversion you go for and where in the country you live e.g. London conversions are likely to set you back more than loft conversions in Bristol.
Building Or Knocking Down Walls –
If you want to create more free space then knocking down a dividing wall could be an option whereas if you need an extra room then you may want to look at putting up a partitioning wall. Be aware though that neither of these options is as simple as just knocking down or building up a wall. You also have to take into account the repositioning of windows and doors and whether the wall you are knocking down is vital to the integral structure of the house.
Turning one large room into two small ones or vice versa is a great way to achieve extra space without extending the building as a whole. It is largely cost effective but there may be awkward tasks involved such as rerouting electric or plumbing.
Have A Focal Point For Each Room –
Sometimes rooms can become cluttered and appear full because of all the furniture you decide to have in them and so a good way of creating space is to restrict yourself to one main piece of furniture in each room. In most rooms this will be obvious like the bed in the bedroom or the table in the dining room, but in others you may end up with multiple pieces of furniture as you struggle to find a focal point. Stick to one main item and build efficiently around it.
Chris Mayhew is looking into ways to create more space in his home. He is working for MPK Lofts who provide quality loft conversions in the Bristol and Bath area.
Most often than not, we have the natural tendency to jump in and try to help save the life of an adult or infant in an accident or any other emergency situation. We do not stop to think about our own safety. It gives us a selfless altruistic feeling that we put the other person before our needs. But nothing is farther from the truth. YOUR safety is always first in any emergency. In other words, you have to make sure you are following the procedures for your own safety before you take care of the victim. This is because you can become the source of disease transmission if you do not practice what is known as the standard precaution.
Standard precautions are followed in an emergency situation which means that it is assumed that all bodily fluids are capable of transmitting infection. Therefore, it is very important for your safety and the safety of others that you follow standard precautions and practice personal hygiene. This is done by donning the appropriate personal protective equipment and by washing your hands frequently before and after contact with the victim.
Personal Protective Equipment
Microbes enter our body through portals of entry which in our case are our eyes, nose, mouth and open skin through wounds or cuts. In order to prevent the microbes from entering our body, we have to don personal protective equipment depending on the mode of transmission of the microbe. For instance, if the microbe is transmitted only through contact, then you need to use gloves before you touch the victim. Gloves will protect you from any disease that can be transmitted from the victim’s blood or any other bodily fluids. This is called direct contact transmission. Indirect contact transmission occurs when you touch a surface that is already contaminated by blood, bodily fluids or microbes. Washing your hands frequently before eating, touching your eyes, nose or mouth is the only way to prevent disease transmission by indirect contact.
Gloves – your Best Friend
Gloves are and will always be your best friend in any emergency and in any situation where you want to protect yourself from direct contact of blood or infectious organisms. But the truth of the matter is that not many people know how to deglove the correct way to prevent disease transmission. It is important for you to follow these safe practices while disposing of your soiled gloves or else you run the risk of contaminating surfaces and surroundings with the infectious organisms on the gloves. Here are the instructions for taking off soiled gloves the correct way:
- With both hands pointed down, pinch the glove of one hand at the wrist with the other hand, taking care not to touch anywhere outside the gloved area.
- Carefully pull the glove inside out and scrunch it inside the palm of the other gloved hand.
- Now insert a fingertip of your degloved hand under the glove at the wrist of the gloved hand without touching any part of the soiled glove.
- Carefully pull the glove inside out with the scrunched up soiled glove of the other hand inside as well.
- Toss the soiled gloves in the appropriate disposal area.
- Wash both your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap.
Barrier Device for Providing CPR
In case you have to provide CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation), and you do not have a mask, just proceed with the compressions. Do not attempt mouth to mouth resuscitation if you do not have the barrier device for giving rescue breaths.
These are some of the important tips that you should follow in any emergency situation to prevent disease transmission. If you are a healthcare worker or you have been certified as a CPR provider, it is recommended that you keep a kit in the dashboard of your car consisting of gloves and a disposable mask for giving rescue breaths. So, before giving care to any victim, remember to ALWAYS use gloves to prevent disease transmission through blood or bodily fluids.
Author Bio: Ralph Coleman is an experienced writer who writes informative articles for healthcare which keeps you updated on the latest developments in the field. His article offers new insights on how healthcare professionals can pursue certification and recertification on advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) and pediatric advanced life support (PALS).
Garage doors not only provide convenience, security and efficiency, but they also add style to a house. In fact, the designs and styles of garage doors have evolved through the years thanks to technological advancements. Today, the most commonly used garage door model are overhead garage doors which have replaced the traditional kinds of garage doors that feature regular hinges or pivots to operate. If you are thinking about renovating your garage or installing a modern style of garage door, you must know how to compare the different types of doors basing them on function, materials and cost.
Overhead Garage Doors
Traditional garage doors have been replaced by overhead garage doors which are preferred by most homeowners with houses featuring a contemporary look. They can be found in different colors, styles, shapes and glass vision lights to cater to the demands of the modern market. These garage doors are easily opened manually or with an automatic garage door opener. They are also larger to allow vehicles of any size and shape to be stored in a garage. Fortunately, there are three types of overhead garage doors that you can choose from.
1. Sectional Overhead Garage Door
This is the most commonly used kind of garage door that is created with three to four panels. These panels are connected together by hinges or axles that roll up into a large coil overhead whenever the garage door is opened. Unfortunately, it requires more ceiling space and often incurs mechanical problems. This type of garage door is popular because of its durability, various styles and designs, and security, as well as resistance to harsh weather conditions.
2. Roll Up Overhead Garage Door
Made out of numerous small sections of panels that are joined together to form a large garage door making roll up overhead garage doors quite costly. Whenever the garage door is opened, they roll up into a tight coil. Though the panels require regular maintenance, they do not need too much ceiling space making this door type suitable for tall openings.
3. Tilt Up Overhead Garage Door
Considered as the oldest type of overhead garage door kind, this door consists of one panel. This door is raised up into a track or a ceiling mounted pivot. This type of garage door is old fashioned and smooth in design, but cheaper. However, the drawback for this type of door is that it is not secure and unable to provide sufficient protection against harsh weather.
Materials Used In Garage Doors
Just as there are different designs and styles of garage doors, there are also different materials used in making them. However, there are four commonly used materials – aluminium, steel, wood and fiberglass. Among these, steel is considered to be the most common because it is more affordable, can be easily installed and offers better security. On the other hand, fiberglass is the most expensive, but because of it being the strongest material offering durability. Aluminium is resistant to corrosion and rust, while wood may be very stylish yet not so durable.
Whatever type of overhead garage door you may chose for your garage, it is essential that you regularly inspect, maintain and hire professionals to repair your garage door to avoid accidents.
Valerie Hills is a freelance writer specializing in home improvement, garage maintenance and garage door repairs by Tampa Garage Doors. She also provides useful information for homeowners who want to renovate their homes and upgrade their garages.
You’ve made it all the way to graduate school! Congratulations! Give yourself a pat on the back. There’s only one problem: your study habits. For anyone who has not managed to get into a good routine when it comes to studying, now is the time to create a plan of action. Graduate school is rigorous. Many students hit a wall when they come to the end game in their education. Don’t let bad habits continue for the home stretch. Get on track from the very beginning.
The first step to having good study habits is to follow the Boy Scout motto and be prepared. Make sure you have all of your materials before classes begin. Line up your textbooks, whether they are hard copy or e-readers. Have plenty of notebooks, paper, folders, and pens on hand. If you don’t have a computer, now is the time to make that investment. There are good bargains on laptops and home computers. When it is time to head off to class, double check that you have everything you need before you leave home or the dorm. If you are doing your studies online, follow the same policy.
Keep all of your materials together for each class. Use folders with labels, note cards, paper clips, and highlighters. Anything that can help you keep it together is a plus. Being organized also means setting up a schedule for yourself. Look at when your classes are and when your assignments are due. Create a system. If you have a certain class on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, plan on getting the work done for that class on alternate days and weekends. Create blocks of time in your day that will be devoted to your studies. If you are working and studying, yet know that you have time in the evening or early hours of the day, use that time wisely.
Get rid of distractions.
You need to have complete focus to get the job done. Find yourself a place to do your work where nothing else will get in the way. Turn off the television and the radio. Close your door and hang a sign that says, “Do not disturb.” If it is not possible to get any peace and quiet where you live, seek an alternative location. The campus library or public library is an excellent place to work quietly. Many libraries, especially at a college, have small, separate rooms that are devoted to studying. Make good use of them. If you have a studious classmate that takes graduate school seriously, you might have a competent partner to keep you on the straight and narrow when it comes to good studying habits.
Do not procrastinate.
Don’t put off your assignments. The last thing you need is rushed, sloppy work in graduate school. This isn’t high school. Your professors are going to get paid whether you do your job or not. They aren’t going to ask you to clean up your work and there might not be any second chances. Pay attention to your course outline and give yourself plenty of time to complete your papers, projects, and study for tests.
Keep your eye on the prize.
Remember why you are doing this. You plan on applying what you have learned to real life. Your end goal should be a good job that is satisfying and rewarding. Don’t waste a minute of your time in graduate school. The end is in sight after many years of schooling. Work hard, be persistent, and you’ll finally cross the finish line.
Tammy Parsons is a career counselor and regular contributor at Graduate Degree Program, a site dedicated to helping prospective grad students find the right degree program.
Seeing wildlife up close can be an exciting and fascinating opportunity, especially right in your backyard. However, once they start feasting on your vegetable garden or landscape plants, your fascination can quickly turn to frustration. There are several methods for deterring wildlife, but scare methods rarely get a close look or credibility as a successful method of damage control.
Choosing the right control method
There are several methods available to deter animals from your yard or garden. Taste, exclusion, trapping, and scaring animals have all been shown to be effective in some capacity, but there are several factors that contribute to the success or failure of the deterrent method: drought conditions, hunger of animal, and the what animal has already been exposed to. A combination of methods is usually a good way to ensure success, but take into account your location, budget, population, and any regulations or laws regarding wildlife in your area before choosing control methods.
Types of scare tactic methods
Scare tactics will use visual, audio, or tactile methods to scare the offending animal.
- Visual: Visual scare techniques will often include the use of mylar, a reflective material that is often used in flags, so the motion and reflective qualities of the tape will frighten the animal from the area. Other visuals include owl dummies and big eye balloons (that also employ mylar)
- Audio: There are now propane or gas powered “cannons”, like the M-4 Single Detonation Cannon that emit loud booms at various intervals. These have been shown to be effective in large areas, like orchards, and the random sounds keep animals from becoming accustomed to them. Motion activated radios can also be used to startle animals, as well has hanging tin pie pans from trees, which will clang together with the wind and reflect with the sun, employing both audio and visual frightening methods. Distress calls or predator sounds are also options, but you have to know exactly which type of bird or animal is causing the damage.
- Tactile: Not exactly the same as using a taste-based deterrent, tactile methods focus on frightening the animal without harming them. New to the game are motion-activated sprinklers. These small devices use a non-harmful jet of water to startle animals when they move past the sprinkler. The ScareCrow Motion Activated Sprinkler, for example, uses infrared sensors and can cover 1,200 square feet, day or night, to keep critters away from your plants.
Using scare techniques in your yard
Animals are highly adaptive and can quickly get used to any deterrent method you use in your yard. Animals even learn to avoid traps or ignore stationary items that might scare them initially but realize the item will not harm them. This makes moving scare tactic items especially important. Moving any motion, auditory, or tactile item every one to two days will stop the animals from becoming used to the locations or interactions with these items. This is extremely crucial in ensuring the success of your efforts. Since all you have to do is buy the items once and then move them, they’re a bit more economical than continually buying and reapplying taste-deterrent problems.
If you want to use only one method, you’ll have to tolerate a bit of wildlife feeding damage, especially if you choose not to use any exclusion methods. Combining deterrent methods will help to boost the effectiveness of each. For example, you could apply taste deterrents to your plants, and place a sprinkler or noisemaker within or around the plants.
Jenny Gagas is a home and garden writer living in Wisconsin who loves to spend as much time outdoors as possible. She mostly writes about gardening, and really enjoys teaching people how to interact with their surroundings in a safe and sustainable way. If she’s not outside, she’s in the kitchen, developing recipes to share with family and friends.
Gutters are a vital and much under-appreciated part of your house. Gutters keep water flowing away from your house, they are the frontline in the fight against flooding and, when it gets cold enough, ice damage.
Because gutters are around your roof, cleaning them can be a potentially dangerous business. You need to know a little about working at height and if you don’t have the correct equipment then consider access platform hire rather than risking your life.
The right ladder for the job
If you are going to use a ladder, make sure it is suitable. Take good note of the weight limit and stick to it. Wear a good pair of shoes with non-slip, rubber grips. Always keep two feet on the same rung of the ladder. To reach your roof you’ll probably need to use an extension ladder. Make sure it’s in good working order before you start.
Once up to working height make sure you don’t put any sideways pressure on the ladder’s base by leaning outside the ladder’s rails. Always keep a firm grip on your ladder with at least one hand. Stay within safe height limits. In the UK, the Health and Safety Executive says you should never have your navel higher than the ladder’s rails. This usually means you shouldn’t climb higher than the fourth rung from the top.
As safe as the ground underneath you
You are only as safe as the ground on which your ladder stands. Check you have a firm, level resting place that is completely free of debris. Use boards if the ground is soft and levellers if it is not even.
Most experts recommend a ratio of four to one to find the safest angle. That is four units up for every one out. So if your gutters are 16 feet high, then your ladder should be four feet or more from the wall at its base.
Avoid resting the ladder on the gutters themselves if you can. The wall is much better. Using a friend to weight the base of the ladder should be considered a last resort. It is better to secure the ladder to something permanent and strong.
Gloves a necessity
You will need a good pair of strong protective gloves to get amid the much that can accumulate in gutters.
A hose – which adds another trip hazard to your ladder – will let you test if you have cleared the downpipe fully. A friend is helpful here, as it’s much safer to turn the water on once you’re at working height. A plumber’s auger, or snake, should be used to clear any blockages. Always attempt to clear from the ground first. If you need to use the auger from your ladder, make sure you can get a secure resting place close to where you are working.
Avoid carrying heavy tools up your ladder if possible. If you need them, use a tool belt to keep your hands free. You shouldn’t need much more than a trowel and a brush.
A sheet of plastic or drop sheet will make clearing up easier and will protect windows or any plants that could be showered.
This is an important job, but it’s not as important as your health and safety. If you don’t have the right ladders for the job then consider access platform hire before you consider taking risks with exceeding your equipment’s limits.
James Lavelle is a clean freak who enjoys doing his own DIY and has written for a number of cleaning websites.
When people find themselves in debt or struggling to fulfil an individual voluntary arrangement, it’s vital that budgets are reassessed to ensure that non-essential outgoings are cut or stopped.
One area that is often essential, however, is driving. People rely on their cars to get to work or as part of day-to-day family life.
That’s not to say you have to keep on paying out plenty at the pumps though, as there are plenty of tips and tricks which can reduce the amount of money you spend on fuel.
Not only will this do a tremendous amount of good for your financial situation, given how expensive petrol and diesel can be, it will also be a boost for the environment as well.
This can simply be shopping around for the best price. For instance, Asda announced recently that they plan to cut the price of unleaded petrol by up to 2p per litre and introduce a new cap of 133.7p.
Asda petrol chief Andy Peake said: “Everybody filling up at an Asda petrol station will pay no more than 133.7p for unleaded and 137.7p for diesel.
“Unlike some of our competitors whose postcode lottery pricing means prices can vary across their forecourts.”
It may seem obvious, but the best way to cut down on how much fuel you use is to drive less.
Sometimes driving is unavoidable but there are occasions when you could walk and not only is this good exercise it also means you won’t be using any fuel unnecessarily.
Have a think before you jump into the car about whether or not you need to drive or whether you could walk.
It’s also wise to have a good rummage around your car and sort out what actually needs to be in there. For many people, cars are an extension of the family home and, as such, include plenty of items that aren’t required.
As a result, drivers then end up carting all this extra weight around with them which can do a great deal of damage to fuel consumption. For the sake of having half an hour’s worth tidying, it’s a very worthwhile investment.
Interestingly, according to the RAC, every 50kg of extra weight will increase petrol consumption by two per cent, highlighting just how big an effect it can have on fuel budgets.
Also, on this note, ensure you aren’t carrying around roof racks when you don’t need them. Not only are they very heavy but they aren’t aerodynamic, meaning they cause a lot of drag and cost you more money at the pumps.
When actually out on the road, there are things you can do too including planning well in advance any manoeuvres that you may wish to execute.
By being able to look ahead and see what’s happening, you can avoid harsh braking and accelerating which will do your fuel consumption no good at all.
Purely from a safety basis this is good too, as it gives you more time to react in terms of decisions that need making.
Also, ensure that you change gear quickly, and don’t lumber for too long in lower ones as this will see you rev more and waste fuel.
Tariq Musaji, a fully qualified driving instructor, told Which?: “In a petrol engine, a gear change should be done at 2,000rpm. Diesel cars need to be worked a bit harder, say at 2,500rpm, before moving up a gear.”
A further idea for cutting fuel wastage is to reduce the amount of electricity you use within the car. Considering switching off items such as air con if you don’t need them as this will lower the fuel you use.
Another good plan is to set your car’s MPG on the dashboard, as this will help to monitor how economically you are driving.
The idea of coasting is one that, in days gone by, may have been considered a good idea to stop using the engine.
However, times have changed and now it is not recommended. It essentially involves turning the engine off and allowing gravity to pull your car. However, Which? says this isn’t the thing to do.
“Though thought of as an acceptable way to save fuel in the 1980s, coasting (driving in neutral or with the clutch depressed) is frowned upon today,” the consumer watchdog states.
“Coasting means the car is effectively rolling, without engine braking, which is dangerous.”
There are plenty of ways to reduce how much you spend on fuel with this possible through lifestyle choices as well as practical changes both before and during driving.
Have a think about which areas of driving you could improve in terms of efficiency and before too long you will feel the difference in your wallet.
This article was written on behalf of Debt Free Direct, as leading specialist in debt management Debt Free Direct offer money saving advice and help avoiding long term debt problems.
Feng shui means wind and water respectively. Using this form of design is believed to balance a space’s energies and ensure that those in it have good fortune and health. Bad fengshui is thought to bring misfortune. This belief goes back 3,000 years and originated in China. Using this in the bedroom will make it nourishing and calm. It promotes restful sleep and will be seen as a place of rest and relaxation.
Move Non-Sleeping Items Out
Items like exercise equipment and televisions should be moved out of the bedroom. These quickly kill any fengshui your bedroom would otherwise have. When we see exercise equipment, we think movement and activity. This removes the calmness and tranquility in the room. Televisions can prevent sleep from occurring, or interrupt sleep when it does come.
Keep the Air Rich in Oxygen
Air quality in the bedroom is critical to good fengshui, as it cannot be good if the air is pollutant-rich and stale. Good air quality can be achieved by opening windows when the weather permits or by using a good air-purifier. Many people turn to plants and this actually goes against fengshui unless you have a very large bedroom and the plants are located far away from your bed.
Have Different Degrees of Lighting
Light is seen as the primary nutrient and one of the most powerful energy manifestations. The best type of fengshui lighting is candles, but these must contain no toxins. Other lights can be used too, but must be at the appropriate level. The best way to accomplish this is with a dimmer switch. When using normal lights, they should put off the brightness that is expected from candles. The glow should be deep and ambient.
Candles are believed to promote the best energy flow, sexual healing and the most restorative sleep. Candles should be chosen that are skin tone in color. This ranges from pale white to a rich brown. Other decorative items should also follow this color scheme.
Lights should never be placed above the bed, but can be put next to the bed.
Choosing the Right Images
When choosing images and art work, these should represent things that you want in your life. Photos with people that are happy and smiling, meaningful sayings and bright images will bring these things into your life. Pictures that depict sadness and loneliness are believed to bring these into your life, so choose wisely.
Placing the Bed
The bed should be able to be approached from each side without obstacles or issue. Each side should have its own bedside table. The bedside tables should be low to the ground.
Items that are taller than the bed must be placed to the left of it. This includes furniture pieces such as dressers and shelving.
The bed and the door should not be in direct line with each other. The bed should also not be placed next to a window. The bed should be well-balanced and look good. A solid headboard, good mattress and high-quality, natural fiber sheets are essential for harmonious energy.
Any mirrors in the room should not be opposite the window, door or your bed. When placed in an energy path, the energy will gain more intensity as it is bounced back.
Doors in the Bedroom
When you are ready to go to bed at night, all doors should be closed. This includes the door leading out of the bedroom, the closet door and the bathroom door if there is one. The closet should be well-organized and clean even though the door should remain closed. A clean and organized space brings with it calmness and peace.
About the Author: Michelle Lim has been writing about designer bedding for this website for years. When she’s not spending her time writing, she enjoys shopping and going on vacations with her boyfriend.
It is completely understandable if you are worried about what will happen to you while you are traveling alone. You might feel that you could be too lonely or that you might get lost while you’re out someplace. However, you should not let that fear of traveling alone keep you from enjoying your experience of going someplace new.
Consider Your Opportunities
You have to think positive when traveling alone. You should think about the opportunities that will come up while going someplace new. You might experience some unique opportunities relating to new foods to try, new sights to see and even some special events that you won’t find where you live. The world of things that you’ll experience should make for a brilliant thing to get yourself into.
The opportunities you will get to encounter will certainly negate any negative thoughts you might have about traveling. Therefore, it only makes sense for you to get out and travel thinking about the positive things that will come out of it all.
Learn About What You’re Getting Into
One of the best ways to control your fear is to take a look at what you’re going to be placing yourself into while traveling. You should learn about the destination you will head out to so you will know what to expect when you get there. You can learn about the things that you can do there and the many unique things that come in a spot. This includes things relating to what’s in a space and what you might enjoy.
You’ll feel more comfortable about going somewhere alone if you are aware of what’s in that spot. It keeps you from being afraid over what you might not expect to see in some spot. After all, you will even be able to think about several interesting points for what you’ve got.
Start Out Small
You can start travelling alone by starting out with some smaller places. These include spots that are relatively close to where you are. A place that’s only two or three hours from where you live might be a good place to start, for instance. You’ll learn after a while how to cope with traveling alone so you will know what you should be doing when you do actually travel a further distance later on.
Create a List
You should create a list of what you want to do when you are traveling alone. The odds are you’ll feel better about yourself when you know what you’re going to go while you are by yourself. You should use this to give yourself a better idea of what you will get out of a trip and if you will have a good plan with regards to keep yourself from feeling bored.
You can also think about different social sites that are appealing to visit. These social sites include parties, public events and other special events in a place you’re visiting. You’ll have to think about what’s in these social sites so you can have a little more fun while meeting new people. It will keep you from feeling too alone.
A great part of keeping your fear in check will be to stay as realistic as possible. You have to think about what will actually happen while traveling and how the odds of something horrific or terrifying actually happening to you might be remote. You have to be realistic if you want to keep your mind at ease and likely to feel its best.
Consider the Growth
The final tip is to think about how traveling while alone could technically be seen as a good form of personal growth. You might take a look at this to give yourself a good appearance that is attractive and appealing.
If you have an exciting event soon and you have to deal with event management tasks, then you certainly know how difficult it is to get a good night’s sleep prior to that particular event. Your mind starts to wander and you involuntarily create all sorts of scenarios in your head – especially if you are a perfectionist and you want the event to go smoothly. However, sleeping properly before the event is essential, as the lack of sleep can affect your attention and decrease your productivity. Here you will find several hints that will help you rest properly:
1. Relax Yourself Before Bed
If you have had a stressful day, it is important to do something relaxing, something you really enjoy doing and that will help you let off some steam. Thirty minutes of meditation or warm bubbly bath are perfect – on the other hand, some soothing music and a good book should do the trick! It is essential to understand that if you go to sleep stressed, you will wake up just as stressed in the morning – that, of course, if you manage to get some sleep during the night!
2. Keep Yourself Properly Hydrated
Drinking something warm will help you relax your muscles and fall asleep quicker. A glass of warm milk is a great choice – on the other hand, avoid drinks that are high in sugars or caffeine, as they will boost your energy levels and keep you awake the entire night.
3. Clear Your Mind
It has happened to all of us at least once to go to bed and to be unable to clear our mind – when we have an important event ahead of us, we tend to overthink about it and to be more pessimistic than we normally would. This is not only very counter-productive, but negative thinking is known to attract negative energy as well!
4. Stick To Your Regular Sleeping Schedule
Even if you are excited about the event and you feel like you simply can’t fall asleep no matter what you would do, go to bed at the same hour. If you try to sleep too early, your body will be confused – if you will try to fall asleep later, you may be too tired to “shut down”.
5. Don’t Auto-Exhaust Yourself
Some people notice that if they sleep less, they will feel more energized the next day – this happens because those few hours of sleep are very intense and energizing. However, do not try this experiment the night before an important event and don’t stay up too late, otherwise you risk to be tired!
6. Don’t Look At Something Too Exciting
Last, but not least, if you watch a good movie or you look at TV before you go to bed and you see an interesting debate, your mind will tend to process that information over and over again, preventing you from falling asleep. This is why it is recommended not to look at anything too exciting before you try to fall asleep! If you take into consideration these simple yet handy tips, you will be able to rest properly before a big event!
Darren is a passionate blogger and works as an organizer specialized in event management in Perth.