With so many things going on in your life, it can be difficult to remember when was the last time you had a good night’s sleep. The good news is, even if you have a limited amount of time to sleep, if you develop the proper habits you will be able to fall asleep and wake up rested better than the average person.
Set the Mood
Make sure the lighting in your bedroom can be set to soft that you can start to wind down as you come to the end of your day. If you need to have brighter lights in your, consider getting a dimmer switch so that the brightness level can be under your control. Ideally, you should be dimming the lights in those last 30 minutes before your head hits the pillow.
Apart from the lighting, going to bed at the same time each night and having the same bedtime routines will also condition your body to go to sleep. Sometimes, you are the one mixed signals, making it more difficult for body to figure out what is going on.
For starters, many have their phones and tablets in bed before going to sleep. This tells your brains that you have to things to do. Turn off the screens about 30 minutes before you go to bed and you will find yourself falling asleep much better.
Know When You’re Not Sleepy
If you are one of the people that lay there for hours trying to go to sleep, you are actually hurting your ability to get a good night’s sleep. If you are not sleepy, you shouldn’t force yourself to fall asleep. Instead, try drinking some calming, chamomile tea to wind yourself down. You may also want to consider scheduling some exercise early in the day to wear yourself out, if you still find yourself with a lot of energy come bedtime.
Increase Your Mattress Comfort
Sometimes, it’s not you–it’s your mattress. If you notice that you’ve been sleeping much better in hotel rooms or other people’s beds, then it may be time to buy a new one. The lifespan of a mattress can be between 10-15 years; after which, it starts to become lumpy or saggy. Because each person has their own unique body structure, the choice of mattress is a personal one. Some people prefer a hard mattress, while others prefer soft ones. Whatever you choose from a mattress outlet store, make sure that your body is in a neutral position.
Getting a good night’s sleep should be easy with these tips. Make sure that you wind down, follow the same bedtime routine, and above all, sleep on the mattress that is most comfortable for you.
Sleep tips: 7 steps to better – MayoClinc, MayoClinic.com
Healthy Sleep Habits, SleepEducation.org