Are you feeling a little groggy today or simply worn out? Chances are you didn’t rest well last night. Getting enough rest is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your overall well-being. Sleep enables our body’s time to recover from the previous day’s stress, which helps you wake refreshed and ready to take on the day. Falling asleep can be difficult, if you’re having trouble getting a good nights rest try these seven tips for a more peaceful slumber.
1. Slip on a pair of socks
Wearing a pair of socks when you go to bed can help speed up the time it takes to doze off. Keeping your extremities warm increases blood circulation and good circulation equals sleep. *This tip is useful for colder months, that’s not to say you cant wear socks in the summer months, just make sure the socks are made of lighter materials.
2. Read a book
Can’t sleep? Don’t go explore what’s on Netflix; grab a book. Moving your eyes left to right across a page of a book is an easy way to help you drift off. Make sure you’re in a comfortable position to fall asleep in. After a few pages, you’ll find that it’s hard to keep reading as your body winds down and sends you off to sleep.
3. Create the right environment
Get in the habit of using your bedroom for sleeping. What do we mean? If you sit in bed to watch TV, do homework, or talk on the phone, you could be training your mind to assume your bedroom is a space for daytime activities. Instead, create a comfortable space that is suitable for sleeping.
4. Avoid caffeine before bed
Caffeine is a stimulant that can keep you awake. Avoid caffeine intake (coffee, tea, chocolate, cola etc.) four to six hours before bedtime.
5. Darken the room
If you’re having trouble falling asleep, too much light could be the culprit. Try darkening your room by closing the curtains, using a sleep mask or closing your bedroom door. A dark room enables the body to fall asleep faster whereas dim or blue light stimulates the mind.
6. Turn down the temperature
Experts agree the temperature of your sleeping area and how comfortable you feel in it affect how well and how long you snooze. Are you sweating at night or feel you can’t have too many blankets? Try adjusting the temperature a few notches. Making sure the climate of your bedroom is comfortable can promote restful sleep.
7. Maintain your mattress
After five to seven years of continual use, our mattresses have done their jobs. If you find that you toss and turn more often when you’re sleeping, it might be time to replace your mattress. After all, if you mattress is not comfortable how can you get enough rest?
At some point, everyone will experience trouble sleeping. If it becomes a chronic problem, you may have a sleep disorder. Let the doctors at Premier Medical help determine the cause of your failure to sleep.