Your Quick Guide to Getting a Better Night’s Sleep
Sleeping well is directly connected to your mental health, as well as your physical health. If you don’t sleep well, especially when you don’t sleep well on a regular basis, then it can lead to some serious problems. Not only can you lack energy to make it through the day, but you can be more emotional, more stressed, eat more, and be less productive. So many of us do sleep poorly, though. What can be done to help?
There are some unhealthy habits and lifestyle choices that can leave us tossing and turning in the night, and as a result it can impact your whole life, from your energy levels to your creativity levels. So think about the following tips, and what you could be doing to help yourself to sleep better each night, and then you can be on your way to having better quality sleep, more of it, and feeling much better in the daytime too.
- It is a good idea to try to go to sleep and to then get up at the same time each day; even on weekends. This helps to set an internal clock within your body, and it can do a lot for optimizing the quality of your sleep. Think about when you are normally tired, so you can go to bed then and not have to toss and turn. If you have to set an alarm, then you might need to go to bed earlier. If you wake naturally, then you will generally be getting enough sleep.
- Taking a nap can be much needed sometimes, as it can be a good way to make up for any lost sleep. However, you need to be smart about the naps that you take, as they can then impact how well you sleep at night. If you need a nap, limit it to twenty minutes, especially if you are napping in the afternoon.
- It is so important that you make sure that you avoid bright lights or bright screens before bed. This could be your computer, your phone, or your TV. The ‘blue light’ that is emitted from these kinds of devices can be especially disruptive. You could switch them off altogether, or use smaller screens, turn brightness down, or get blue light glasses. When you do this, it will make getting to sleep a much quicker process.
- Many of us will share a room with someone else, and it will be that sharing with someone else can make our getting to sleep even worse. In this kind of instance, it could be a good idea to think about using earplugs, to help you to drown out other noises, such as snoring or heavy breathing from your partner. The temperature in the bedroom can play a part too, so it could be a good idea to get your own duvets, if you both function best at different temperatures.
What are some of the things that help you to get a good night’s sleep? It would be great to hear what you think.