The quality of your sleep sets the tone for your day and impacts your ability to function at your full potential. Yet, most people are not getting enough sleep each night and wake up feeling tired. So, what can you do to change this? Implement our top tips for achieving better sleep and reap the benefits tonight!
Take a moment to think about your nightly routine.
Are you listening to your body when it tells you it is time for sleep? Are you stuck to your phone for hours on end, straining your eyes and forcing your body to stake awake? Do you stress yourself out trying to make your body relax and sleep?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it is time to work toward change.
Drinking coffee late at night may be tempting, but habits such as these can hinder your ability to fall asleep according to a healthy schedule. Coffee will do its job in keeping you awake, so be sure to do your part and steer clear of caffeinated beverages to ensure your diet is not interfering with your sleep!
As tempting as a late afternoon nap might be after a long day of hard work, you should avoid taking one for too long. Your nap might be refreshing, but it may throw off your regular sleep schedule and keep you up late at night when your body should be resting. Instead, try calling it a night a little earlier! There’s no shame in getting the right amount of beauty sleep.
Don’t ignore your body’s natural response to wanting to rest by disregarding your yawns. It is better to accept that you need to head to bed than force your body to stay awake. If you stay up testing your limits, when you finally cave in and head off to bed, it may be harder for you to sleep. Paying attention to your bodily cues will ensure that you give your body the rest it needs.
As comforting as it may be to get cozy in bed and scroll through your phone or watch a movie on your television while enjoying a snack, it is essential to create distinctions between pleasure and rest. If your bed becomes a place for activities instead of sleep, your brain will have difficulty deciphering the space as relaxing. Setting a better scene for your sleep will help your body unwind and rest peacefully. So, be strict about creating distinctions!
If your thoughts are racing, and you are trying to force your body to rest, an indication that you may need to reset your mind is constantly tossing and turning. Before sleep, try a relaxing activity to get your brain in a peaceful state and ready for slumber! Bonus tip: try to avoid lights in your room while trying to sleep, such as alarm clocks or phones. The lights may tempt you to focus on them instead of trying to sleep.
Most importantly, attempt to establish a regular sleep schedule. This way, you are creating healthy habits for your body. With our tips and the right mattress and pillow, your blissful sleep awaits!
(The better sleep counsil, 2017)
(The better sleep counsil, 20179)