Are you tired of not getting enough sleep each night? Do you feel like you never get a sound sleep? There are some simple hacks that will help you get to sleep faster and stay asleep.
When it comes to a good night's sleep, it all starts with you and the atmosphere in which you sleep. If you're in the right place and you've made your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary, sleep will come easier.
Whether you just lay back and do some breathing exercises or you put on headphones and listen to a guided meditation, meditation is an excellent source of relaxation. The internet is full of guided meditations right at your fingertips.
Pick a guided meditation that is made to help you relax if stress is what's keeping you up at night. There are some specific to fighting insomnia. There are also some that are mostly just relaxing music that will help put you to sleep.
Get The Right Light
The right light, or lack thereof, can make a huge difference in the sleep you get. Light makes your body think it's time to be awake. That means if you have streetlights shining in your room, or you're a third shift worker sleeping in the daylight, you could be losing out on good rest.
Shut the curtains, or invest in some that block the light out. There are curtains and shades that reduce the light that gets into your room. You need just the opposite to get up in the morning.
Turn Off the Tech
Speaking of issues with light. The blue light emitted from that smartphone that seems to be attached to your hand is tricking your brain into thinking it's daytime. Sign off on phones and tablets an hour before bedtime, at least.
It's also a wise idea to keep television out of the bedroom. It's just another light emitting distraction that will mess up your sleep.
A stinky bedroom can lead to bad dreams, as surprising as that sounds. Make sure that your bedroom is an oasis that smells like one.
A few ways you can work to keep your bedroom smelling good is to keep your bed fresh and clean, burn candles before bed, and keep food out of there at all times. The best candle scent to induce sleep is lavender.
Pick a Better Mattress
Your good night's sleep could be ambushed by the wrong mattress. Some people need a soft bed, some need a firm bed. Head to the mattress store and test some out to see what is best for you. There are even adjustable beds that will let you change the feel of your mattress when you need a little something different.
Write in a Journal
Writing helps you get your worries off your mind. That's why it's a wise idea to keep a journal or notebook by your bed at night. If you have any troubles on your mind, get them out by writing them down.
Go To Bed at the Same Time
By having a set sleep schedule you'll find it easier to fall asleep at night. Routine is good for the human mind and body.
Skip the Snacks
Quit eating a couple hours before bedtime. Some people find they have strange dreams that cause restless sleep if they eat too close to bedtime. It could give you stomach upset as well, which will make it difficult to sleep well.
If you need to eat before bed, make wise choices. Eat something light, like some salt- and butter-free popcorn or a banana. Skip spicy snacks.
Get the Right Temp
You don't want it to be too hot or too cold in your room at night. A cool temperature is the best for a good night's sleep. It's because your body temp drops as you sleep, so a cooler room helps it along.
There are yoga routines to help you greet the day and there are routines that will help you wind down at the end of the night. Do a relaxing yoga routine a little before bedtime. You can follow it with a relaxing warm bath. Don't do any intense workouts, that will boost your energy and make it impossible to get to sleep.
Alcohol can interrupt your night of sleep. It causes snoring and might have you getting up to use the bathroom often. Drinking water too close to bedtime may also have you getting up for bathroom trips. Don't drink too much of anything before you hit the sack.
If you're ready to get to bed and actually wake up feeling refreshed, all you need to do is pay attention to what allows you to sleep better at night and what interrupts your sleep.