Ten Tips to Getting A Great Night's Sleep
Do you have nights when no matter how tired you feel you still cannot go to sleep? As long as this just occurs occasionally, then you should just need to try out a few simple tricks to help you fall asleep. Below are ten ideas to help you get a great night sleep:
- Block Out Excessive Light and Noise: Having that extra bit of noise or light coming through can affect your ability to fall asleep. For light, you will want to make sure you have darkening shades or curtains to block out the light that may be creeping in. Also, have all electronic equipment that can emit light shut off or turned in a way that they will not brighten your room. If any of your electronics makes noises at night, such as a cell phone that notifies you for email or texts, put it in sleep mode through the night or turn it off. If, for whatever reason you are unable to block out light or excess noise then you may want to check out earplugs and an eye mask.
- Do Not Nap Too Much: If you do need to nap during the day, do it earlier in the day so it will not affect your nighttime sleep and limit it to one hour.
- Read At Bedtime: Invest in a book light if you do not have one and read when you are all tucked into bed. If you have anything on your mind, reading will help put you in a relaxed state and help you not focus on any concerns you may have.
- Do Not Go To Bed Hungry: Going to bed when you are hungry can make it difficult to relax. When you are hungry, your thoughts are going to be on the fact that your stomach is growling and you want to feed it.
- Invest in a Quality Mattress: No matter how tired you are if you have a mattress that is too firm, soft or pokey it’s going to disrupt your sleep. A Nature’s Sleep Memory Foam Mattress adjusts your size and weight, which will decrease your tossing and turning by 75% than with an innerspring mattress. This will allow you to get superior nights sleep that is free from aches and pains.
- Write Down Nagging Thoughts: Have a pad of paper and pen next to your bed, that way if you remember something that needs to be done you can jot it down. Sometimes it’s those nagging thoughts that can prevent you from falling asleep.
- Avoid Alcohol: Alcohol is a sleep disrupter, not a sleep aid as discussed in this recent post. Alcohol dehydrates you and has an effect on your sleeping pattern, causing you to be more tired in the morning.
- Try Yoga: Learning techniques on how to relax your mind and body can help you fall asleep more quickly.
- Have a Relaxing Beverage: Such as Chamomile Tea, which has been shown to reduce anxiety.
- Stick to a Schedule: A schedule will help sleep train your body clock to know when it is time to go to sleep and when to wake up. It may take a little time to get used to the routine, but once your body adjusts to it you will appreciate the positive effects.
You may find that one of these tips or a combination of some of these tips is what will benefit your nighttime sleep. If you are not able to sleep on a regular basis, or if of none of these tips have an impact on you then you should visit your doctor to rule out another sleeping disorders.