If you have trouble making the trip to the land of nod each night, you are not alone. Millions of people suffer from insomnia and struggle with sleepless nights every year, and it can have a massive impact on their quality of life. Fortunately, there are many things that you can do to ensure that you and your family have no more sleepless nights. Just check out the following tips for a better night’s sleep, and you’ll be dreaming in no time:
Sleep at the Same Time Every Night: Possibly the best thing you can to improve the quality of your sleep is to set up a sleep schedule and stick to it. Work out a bedtime that will work for you and will give you between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night and aim to get to bed by that time each night. Of course, there will be times when you cannot meet your bedtime deadline but if you do your best to be in bed by the designated time, you will see a vast improvement in your sleep.
Get Ready for Bed: Once you have a sleep schedule in place, it is important that you leave an hour or so before your bedtime to wind down. Turn off the TV and take a hot bath, read a book, meditate, or drink some chamomile tea and a blissful evening in bed will be yours for the taking.
Dress Your Bed Correctly: It is important that you use the right bed sheets for the right season. For example, using Egyptian cotton sheets in the summer will ensure that you stay cool, as natural fibers are much more breathable than synthetics. On the other hand, you might want to use fleece or flannel sheets in the winter, which will retain heat and keep you warm. If you have the right temperature conditions in your bedroom, you will find it much easier to drift off and stay asleep.
Keep Technology Out of the Bedroom: Your bedroom should be your sanctuary. If you bring TV’s, smartphones, and other electronic gadgets into the bedroom, it weakens the association your brain has between bedroom and sleep and this can make it harder for you to fall into a sound slumber.
Banish Light: If your bedroom window is letting in too much light, your body may not realize that it is time to sleep. The easiest way to remedy this particular problem would be to invest in some good blackout blinds or a nice pair of thick curtains.
If you try all of the above and you find that you are still unable to get a proper night’s sleep that leaves you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day, you might want to visit your doctor, who will be able to rule out medical problems like sleep apnea or insomnia.
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