The search for a good night’s sleep is one that can carry on for weeks, months or years for many people. For whatever reason it just eludes them. Whether they have a highly stressful job, or it could be that your young kids are not sleeping well at night as you might be transitioning them from a cot to a proper bed. As a parent myself I can sympathise with other parents going through that as my wife and I have not had a good night’s sleep in nearly three years! Either way something always pops up and you can not get that good night sleep that not only you crave but also that your body craves.
It is really all about getting yourself into a routine at night-time to give you the best possible chance of getting a decent quality of sleep each night. In this article we will have a look at some of the things you can do to get a good night’s sleep on a consistent basis.
Get yourself into a routine
As mentioned before, try, and get yourself into a routine at night-time and do your best to stick to it. Whether that be going to bed at a certain time each night or like my son it could be a cup of nice warm milk or even like my wife does, have a cup of relaxation tea before bedtime. Also try and limit how much technology you use before bed too as it can keep your brain stimulated while you are trying to wind down from the day’s activities and get ready to sleep. If you’re having problems with sleep due to difficulty in breathing, visit CPAP Direct to find the best solution.
Eat and drink right
Now what I mean by this is to try and limit or avoid altogether certain foods and drinks near your bedtime. The most obvious one is coffee, as it is full of caffeine and it will keep you awake and alert for hours while you are trying to get to sleep. Along with drinks that have a lot of sugar as we know they will most definitely influence you too. Also try not to eat close to your bedtime either. As your body will be in the process of digesting your food while you sleep and in turn be in an alert state when it should be winding down for the night.
Reduce your stress levels
I know this sounds easier said than done but reducing your stress levels before you go to sleep can greatly help your ability to get quality sleep each night. For whatever reason you are stressed, whether it be that you are worrying about your work commitments for the next day or you kids have been giving you a hard time that night. It can all add up and keep you awake when you should be getting some sleep. You can try some meditation, or you could even start a journal and write all of your thoughts down, listening to music has been found to be beneficial for my wife so that could help too. In the end it is all about trying to reduce your stress as much as possible before you go to sleep.
Try and be relaxed as possible
Naturally, a bedroom is a very relaxing place, but if you are struggling to get to sleep then it can be anything but. Having your bedroom too cold or too hot can impact on how you sleep as you will be constantly trying to either warm up or cool down and this will keep you awake. Another thing is your mattress. You should be comfortable on your mattress and if you are not then it might be time to possibly get a new one. Visit Sleepify for all the different types of mattress that are available and also there are some guides to help you sleep too, so it is a one stop shop for all your sleeping needs.
Exercise as much as you can
Now as I used to play a lot of sports, I can safely say that exercising daily will give you a good night’s sleep every night. Now for some, exercising every day can not happen for whatever reason but try and make it part of your daily plans as the benefits are great. Be careful not to exercise too close to your bedtime however, as the adrenaline from your workout will still be going through your body and that will make sleep nearly impossible for a certain amount of time. Give yourself enough time to be able to exercise and then calm down and relax before bed.
So, there are just a few tips that could help you in getting a good night’s sleep on a regular basis because let us face it, we do not want to be tired all day everyday.