How to Sleep Better with These 5 Easy Steps
Today, on Redhead Mom, I’m sharing a partnered guest post about how to sleep better.
In order to live as healthily as possible, we need to eat well, drink enough water, sleep well and exercise on a regular basis.
Alongside everything else, a good night’s sleep is what we owe to ourselves if we want to be healthy, productive, well concentrated, full of energy and emotionally balanced. Poor sleep can easily lead to lack of productivity, lack of patience, poor cognition and emotional instability, which is why we become more liable to stress.
It is not always possible to control all the factors that determine the quality of our sleep, yet there are many that depend on our behavior and how we organize our daytime activities. Maybe we cannot control stress at work, but we owe it to ourselves to organize other daily activities and habits in order to get better sleep.
A person who has enough quality sleep is usually a happier and healthier person, who’s also more productive and more concentrated.
So, if you find it difficult to organize a good night’s sleep, here are some tips that will help you.
Make your bedroom your resting sanctuary
Do not let any of your daytime stress cross the doorstep of your bedroom. Leave them where they belong, and tell yourself “Listen, now you are going to have some nice, relaxing night’s sleep and tomorrow you’ll be able to conquer the world when you are fresh and productive”. It is not easy to set all your worries aside, but if you don’t, you will experience sleepless nights and all the demons will grow even bigger.
Smooth and comfortable bedding is crucial for a good night’s rest
Choose the right bedding for you, because you need to feel warm and comfy in your bed, in order to sleep well. Choose the materials and colors carefully, because some of them will work better than others.
Make sure that your mattress, covers and pillow suit you right. Since there is such a huge variety of these to choose from, there are plenty of reviews you can find on anatomyofsleep.com if you need any help with making the right choice. Remember that your bedroom is supposed to be the place where your body and soul can have the much-needed rest, so make it perfect for you.
It is also very important that your bedroom is dark and quiet enough, so that your brain can provide your body with enough melatonin. However, this is not always simple to achieve, which is why you should consider investing in a good white noise machine as well as some heavy drapes or similar window treatments.
Embrace healthy sleeping habits
Creating and embracing proper sleeping habits will make it easier for you to fall asleep. That’s why you should make sure that your bedroom is well-ventilated and the temperature is not too hot or cold before you go to bed.
Additionally, be mindful of when, how much and what you eat and drink before going to bed. Some foods and drinks may compromise the quality of your sleep, so make sure you avoid having any of them before you go to sleep. And although you don’t want to overeat before turning off for the day, you should also never go to bed hungry.
Furthermore, make sure you take a nice warm shower at the end of the day, as it will help you to relax and unwind.
Finally, try to go to bed at the same time every night, to “teach” your body when it’s time to start relaxing.
Manage your daytime naps
Daytime naps are often necessary, but you should make sure to limit them as much as possible. Avoid taking naps that last longer than an hour, in order to ensure that you don’t disrupt your night’s sleep schedule. Exceptions are, of course, allowed in some cases, such as health problems or extra busy days.
Physical activity will help you to sleep better
Far too many people are spending their work hours in an office, where they usually sit or stand for a long period of time. And while this is something that simply can’t be avoided, it’s important that we make as much room for physical activity as possible.
So, if you can, consider cycling or walking to work and back instead of driving or commuting, because nothing will clear your mind better than a sharp walk. If this is simply not an option for you, go for a light walk before getting ready to go to bed.