Getting a good night’s sleep is just as important for your overall health and well-being as eating well or exercising regularly. But there are lots of people who struggle with getting a good night’s rest every night. Maybe they have anxiety issues and can’t “turn off” their minds, or perhaps they suffer from insomnia. Whatever the case, this article is going to provide you with tips on how to get a better sleep so that you are healthier and happier!
Why is sleeping so important?
This seems like a fairly obvious question, right? Everyone has to sleep. Human beings were designed to sleep for part of each day so that we can remain healthy. Just like exercise and eating well, sleep helps us to maintain healthy, normal lives so that we can continue to function during the day. When we don’t get enough sleep, we can’t function properly. We are drowsy at work; we are less productive in our jobs; we fall asleep behind the wheel of a car; and we have foggy minds that can’t think clearly.
Overall, sleep is important because without it, our performance at work and play suffers, and we are unable to concentrate as much. Plus, a lack of sleep can also result in behavior problems and mood disorders.
Tips on sleeping better
There are many different reasons why you may not be sleeping well every night. Here are some suggestions as to how to improve your sleep:
Improve your daily habits – People tend to overlook the fact that their daily habits have a big influence on their sleeping patterns. For example, what you eat and drink during the day can have a profound impact on your sleeping habits. Someone who loads up on caffeine all day long will likelier have more trouble sleeping than someone who chooses decaffeinated drinks. You should also pay attention to what you eat. Chocolate, for example, has lots of caffeine in it too and high-fat, high-sugar foods can upset your system and cause you to stay awake at night. Alcohol is another drink that can upset your sleeping pattern so be mindful of how much alcohol you ingest each day. Napping during the day is another way you will upset your sleeping patterns at night. It’s common for people to come home after work or school and take a nap, but that means that your body and mind won’t be ready to sleep at your regular sleep time either.
Improve your pre-sleep practices – There are lots of things you can do to get in the habit of preparing for sleep. For example, some people like to prepare for bed by taking a hot bath and physically cleansing their bodies to prepare for sleep. Another idea is to wind down before you go to bed. So, rather than moving from the TV to the bedroom, spend some time reading a book or listening to music or taking a bath to help your mind relax. When you start a regular routine like this before bed, your mind and body will get into a habit of preparing for sleep which is exactly what you want. Lastly, don’t eat dinner too close to bedtime. Going to bed with a heavy stomach can not only be physically uncomfortable, but it can also result in a bad night’s sleep. Eat well in advance of bedtime so that the time you are ready for bed, your food has digested.
Improve your sleep environment – Without a proper sleep environment, you won’t be able to get the best night’s sleep possible. That means you have to make it a place designed for sleep. Don’t eat in bed; don’t watch TV in bed; and don’t do work in bed. If you live in a bachelor apartment, separate your sleeping area from the rest of the place with a screen divider. If your mind comes to associate your bed with sleeping rather than distractions such as TV or work, then it will be more inclined to relax and help you get to sleep faster. If you have trouble sleeping because of the amount of light that comes in through a bedroom window, do something about it. Get thicker curtains or hang up a dark sheet to block the sunlight.
Improve your bedroom habits – When you get to bed and try to fall asleep, there are several tips you can keep in mind to help you get to sleep faster. We’ve all been told to count sheep – and there’s something to this. But it doesn’t have to be sheep. Think of something you enjoy and count that. For example, I’ve heard of avid golfers playing a round of golf in their minds as they try to fall asleep. Another tip on improving your bedroom habits is to get rid of any “ticky” alarm clock that might be beside your bed. Try to reduce the noise in your bedroom to an absolute minimum. Conversely, if you happen to live in a loud area and need to drown out street noise, try placing a fan in your bedroom to help with the noise.
Improve your ability to fall back asleep – A major cause of a person’s poor night’s sleep is the fact that she may wake up at night and be unable to fall back asleep until morning. Here are some suggestions for getting back to sleep after you’ve woken up at night: play that round of golf again – you need to get your brain to stop racing by thinking of repetitive tasks. Also, you can just get out of bed and do something else until you are sleepy again. We all tend to panic a bit when we are lying in bed at night watching the time tick away, and worrying about how tired we’ll be in the morning. Instead, you can get up and try something doing something else until you get sleepy again.
With these tips, you should be able to improve your sleeping patterns. And if you are still struggling to get a good night’s rest, visit your doctor for help.