Sleep can be elusive for many people. Whether it’s insomnia, aches and pains or something else, everyone has trouble sleeping at some point.
Putting these tips to work for you can increase your odds of getting a good night’s sleep tonight and every night.
Stick to a Routine
Experts recommend picking a sleep schedule and staying close to it even on weekends. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day helps your body know what to do and when to ensure that you are ready to sleep and be alert.
Make sure that you are getting seven to nine hours of sleep each night and take into account how long it takes you to go to sleep. If it takes you an hour to drift off but you’re only in bed for eight hours, you aren’t getting a full eight hours of sleep.
On weekends, try staying within an hour or two of your usual bedtime and wake up time. It can tempting to stay up until the wee hours of the morning, then sleep until noon but you probably aren’t actually getting any extra sleep and it can be difficult to readjust to a sleep schedule that fights your work schedule.
Create the Right Environment
Many people find a cool, dark room to be most conducive for sleep. Light can give your body the wrong signal and prompt it to make you more alert. A room that is too warm can be uncomfortable and disrupt your sleep.
A mattress, though, is also key to a good night’s sleep. Snuggling into the best mattress for you each night is an investment in your health and wellness. The wrong mattress can cause you to wake up with aches and pains or spend those valuable hours tossing and turning, searching for a comfortable spot.
Set the Mood
To sleep well, you should start getting ready for bed a few hours before you actually go to bed. Eating too close to bedtime may cause indigestion or heartburn that can keep you up. Downing too much liquid can also disrupt your sleep.
You may also want to cut off alcohol or nicotine for a while before bed.
Many people also find it helpful to create a relaxing bedtime routine. Some people like to take a hot bath to relax. Other people like to read, though try avoiding electronic devices as the light from the screen can trick your brain into being more active.
Commit to Getting Adequate Rest
A good night’s sleep isn’t an accident. It’s an investment — and factoring in the expense of a new mattress is an essential part.