In a perfect world, we’d all get the sleep we know we need in order to help our bodies and minds function at optimum levels. The reality though, paints a picture of a whole different story. With life’s stresses, tight work deadlines, and the ever-present smartphone found in most bedrooms these days, it can seem impossible to get a good night’s sleep.
Most of us wish we could just get to bed a little earlier, and the truth is, most of us need a solid reminder to get us to hit the hay. Star making a habit out of setting an alarm to go to sleep, and then make sure that you follow the prompt, and ease into a gentle bedtime routine when the clock sounds.
We know that the pair of fluffy bed socks that your mom gave you last Christmas doesn’t look particularly sexy, but wearing them can really help improve the quality of your sleep. This post shows just how beneficial it can be to keep your feet and hands warm when going to bed; it’ll help you fall asleep faster.
You’ve probably heard this before, but artificial light in your bedroom can disrupt your sleep cycle. Something as simple as an alarm clock can negatively impact your sleep quality, so make sure you ban artificial light from the bedroom. If it’s totally impossible to achieve, consider wearing a pair of eye-masks to bed.
According to a study done in 2013 by the National Sleep Foundation, people that work out on a regular basis tend to get the best shut eye at night. All you need is a few minutes of aerobic exercise to help boost the quality of your shut-eye sessions.
Our bodies just don’t do as well as we think they might with digesting food when it’s time for bed. Eating a big, hearty dinner meal can have a bad effect on the quality of your sleep, so try to make dinner your smallest meal of the day.
While noises like ticking watches can keep you out of lalaland, keeping things too quiet in the bedroom can also keep you up at night. You can always try using a white noise machine in your room to ensure that the sound quality is perfectly adjusted for quality sleep.
We all know what it feels like to lay in bed, stressing over things that happened during the day, or planning what we’re supposed to get up to the next day. It’s critical that you set aside some special time to process what happened during your day BEFORE you head off to bed. This can include making a list of what needs to be done in the morning, and just decluttering your mind of all the thoughts that have been whirling around up there throughout the day.
Whether you’re into yoga, prayer, or a quick meditation session before bed, these tactics can help you wind down and prepare your body for a good night’s sleep. Participating in these relaxing activities may be able to slow down your breathing and calm your heart rate, which assists the body in falling asleep faster.
By warm, we’re not implying that you should soak in a bathtub that feels like you’re in boiling water. When you soak in a warm bath for a few minutes, the water temperature increases your body heat. After you get out of the tub, your body will be instantly cooled, which replicates the natural process that your body goes through as it prepares for snooze time. A warm bath before bed doesn’t seem like just an old wives tale anymore!
Dust mites, those nasty critters that accumulate on your sheets and pillows, have a tendency to cause allergic reactions in some people, which may seriously disrupt your sleep. You’ll end up having sounder sleep cycles, with brighter mornings if you stick to replacing your pillow every 12 to 18 months.
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Written by Megan. Megan is a DIY health & beauty addict. She’s committed to making her itsy-bitsy apartment chemical free and her diet as unprocessed as possible. You can find her work at Gold Mountain Beauty