Sleeping is a very important part of being a healthy, productive, and happy individual. We require an adequate amount of sleep to perform well at work, at school, and maintain our social relationships. However, not everyone gets enough sleep, or simply doesn’t get the quality level of sleep that they need to wake up feeling rested and recharged.
But thankfully, there are some simple things you can do in your life to dramatically improve the sleep you are getting each and every night. Without any further ado, this blog post is going to go over a couple of helpful ways to ensure you can sleep better.
Get a Better Mattress
First and foremost, if you are sleeping poorly and using an old mattress, one of the first things you should do is get a new one. Old and lumpy mattresses can wreak havoc on your body and make it very hard to sleep. Be sure to pick up the best firm mattress, but also think about the comfort, too. You want one that will support your back well, but still allow you to relax and sleep comfortably. Always try a mattress out for a few days or weeks before buying them, and thankfully, many manufacturers provide a long warranty period that allow you to do just that.
Ensure You Have a Restful Sleeping Environment
While your mattress is an important part of a good sleep, it isn’t the only part of your sleeping environment that is worth thinking about. You need all aspects of your sleeping environment to be optimal in order to get your best sleep possible. Your room needs to be the right temperature, it needs to be dark and quiet, and things like your sheets, your pillows and your duvet or comforter should also be soft and comfortable.
Be Physically Active During the Day
Another idea to help you sleep better is to be physically active during the day. There is a relationship between exercise and sleep, and if you find time to work out, play a sport or do some cardio during the day, you will generally sleep better at night. Exercise can help you fall asleep quicker, and can also help reduce your anxiety and insomnia. However, you want to do your best to exercise earlier in the day and not right before bed. Trying to workout right before bedtime can actually make it harder to fall asleep in many cases, so be careful.
Watch What You Eat Before Bed
Having a snack before bed is something many people will commonly do. However, you need to be careful if you partake in a midnight snack. The food you eat before bed could actually hurt your ability to sleep well. If you do need to eat before bed, do your best to keep it light and healthy. If you eat food that is too spicy or too heavy, it could make you uncomfortable and delay how long it takes you to fall asleep. In a best case, it’s a good idea to avoid eating right before bed altogether, though.
Avoid Technology Right Before Bed
While bedtime screen use has actually been going up during the pandemic, this is a habit you want to stop if at all possible. This is because of the bright blue light that emits from most devices. This light makes it hard for your body to relax, and can keep you up. In general, avoid using technology for at least an hour before bed. If you can’t for one reason or another, at least lower your brightness and consider finding ways to filter the blue light.
In conclusion, we hope that this article is helpful in getting you to fall asleep easier and have a better sleep in general.