There are many people who are currently establishing bad sleeping habits into their daily routines, then wondering why they wake up each day tired and with low energy. The best way to improve your night sleep is to make that conscious effort during the day to give yourself the best possible chance to get an undisturbed night of rest every day. By establishing these 5 top tips for the best night sleep ever, you will begin waking up everyday revived, rested, and rejuvenated.
Determine Your Sleep Number
No one knows your body like you, and only you really know how many hours of sleep you need every day in order to tackle the day with an abundance of energy. Once you determine if you need 7, 8, or more hours of solid sleep, commit to those numbers and do not cut corners. If you need 8 hours of sleep, don't stay up later and promise yourself you will catch-up on the weekend. Stay consistent and sleep the same number of hours every night to improve the quality of your sleeping. Start a new schedule and commit to sticking to it.
Purchasing a New Mattress
Your mattress was intended to last around seven years, after that it loses the support structure that was designed to give your body the proper rest each night. When you buy a new mattress, you will notice immediately how the new support system alleviates any joint and muscle pain you have, allowing you to sleep more soundly through the night. Both you and your partner will not be awaken through the night with pains in the body, allowing each to sleep more soundly. Here is a link to a very good mattress buying guide on the Cut Price Mattresses blog, it's a worthwhile read for those of you serious about getting better sleep.
Stop Misusing Your Bed
Your bed should only be used for sleeping, not for watching television, reading books, or eating your meals. When you develop these bad habits, it can be a real challenge to fall asleep each night as bedtime approaches. You feel inclined to grab the remote control or turn on a reading lamp instead. Your body needs to be conditioned to the point that when you lie down in bed, it understands you will be settling down to fall asleep and not partake in distracting activities.
Turning Off the Mind
Look around the bedroom tonight at all the possible distractions. Night lights, headlights peeking through curtains, dogs barking in a neighbours garden, and other assorted sounds of the night. In order to turn off your mind and get a sound night's sleep, you have to block out all those distractions. Darken the room with heavier curtains or drapes, and invest in a small white noise machine for the end table. This little device will distract the mind from all the noises of the night and let you drift off to a sound sleep.
Before Bed Routine
If you want the body to wind down and drift off more easily, stop feeding it things that make it a challenge to sleep. Avoid any caffeine before bed, especially tea, soft drinks, or coffee. These energy boosting drinks will have you tossing and turning all night long. Eliminate alcohol or nicotine before bed because they will cause the body to spring to life only a few hours after falling asleep. Stop eating or drinking a few hours before bed to allow your internal organs to slow down and get prepared for the long night ahead.
If you follow the tips above you will find your sleep improve and you will feel much better too.