So often we wake up in the morning feeling more tired than we went to bed. We stumble through the day feeling exhausted, chugging coffee to stay awake before the cycle begins again the next night.
As exhausted parents and stressed out executives the world over know, sleep deprivation is real and it can be extremely detrimental to your health, both physical and mental. In this blog, we take a look at how to get a good night’s sleep or at least ditching some of those unhelpful habits that are helping to prevent it.
These are quite simply the elements that are holding you back that are outside of yourself. For example, if you have blinds that let in a lot of light early in the morning or live on a busy, noisy street. If you do have an overly lightroom, then one thing you might find particularly helpful is replacing your thin curtains or blinds with blackout lined drapes that keep your room darker and cooler.
If you’re used to being woken up by street noise than invest in some good quality earplugs. If the thought of having something in your ears doesn’t appeal then you might find a white noise machine that blocks out environmental noise and provides a calming static rather more helpful.
Other physical problems to address are the temperature of your room. Too hot and you’ll wake up sweating and thirsty, too cold and you’re liable to be unable to drop off. Think about staying on the cool side as this is what your body prefers, but not too cool.
Lastly, there’s your bed and more specifically your mattress. Get the Best Mattress you can and make sure you are able to test it out for comfort before making a purchase. Err on the firmer rather than softer level of comfort as this will ultimately support your back and neck much more and help avoid aches and pains.
Finally, think about your own habits and what might be holding you back from a restful night. That coffee we mentioned earlier might need to be curtailed or cut out completely from midday onwards, ensuring all caffeine is out of your system by bedtime.
Your screen time too can have a drastic effect on your brain’s ability to shut down when it’s time to go to bed. Make sure your television, phone, and tablets are all switched off and away from your reach at least an hour before you hit the sheets to give your brain time to slow down and become less active.
Establishing a bedtime routine that involves limited screen time, dimming the lights and a regular bedtime can feel like something you’d put in place for a toddler but this routine is very helpful in sending the right messages to your brain that it’s time for sleep.
Get your physical surroundings right and put in a place a routine that’s going to take you from awake to asleep slowly and gently and make waking up a pleasure.