Published On: Mon, Jan 21st, 2019

How To Get Better Sleep

One area many people struggle with on a regular basis is getting better sleep. You’re not alone if you’re someone who finds it challenging to fall or stay asleep each night.

Sleep is very important to your health and wellbeing and will help you to better function the next day. Therefore, it’s in your best interest to take actions that are going to help you improve in this area.

Without good sleep your performance at work may start to diminish and you might find your personal life to be more hectic and less enjoyable. Learn more about what you can be doing to get better sleep so you can feel your best each day.

Reduce & Manage Your Anxiety

One way to get better sleep is to focus on reducing and managing your anxiety levels. Too much stress and a racing mind can certainly keep you from getting decent shuteye. Talk to your doctor about medication options if you’re struggling, but be aware of the dangers of a benzo addiction. Long-term use of these types of treatments can cause you to quickly become addicted. Consider additional ways to manage your anxiety such as exercising and meditation.

Configure Your Bedroom Appropriately

You can also get better sleep when you take the time to configure your room so that it’s set up for optimal rest. For example:

  • Make sure it’s dark enough
  • Confirm it smells good
  • Choose a comfortable temperature
  • Confirm it’s free from any noise that will disturb you

These are just a few ways for how you can proactively adjust your environment for better sleep.

Buy A New Mattress

Another idea for getting better sleep is to purchase a new and comfortable mattress. Shop around and make sure you sit and lay on any you’re considering before you buy a certain style or brand. You want it to be supportive and not cause you any back or neck pain. Also, invest in good pillows that will add to your comfort level while sleeping.

Practice A Relaxing Bedtime Ritual

Playing on your electronics right before bed and exposing your brain to a lot of light and stimulation will make it harder to fall asleep. Instead, get in the habit of practicing a relaxing bedtime ritual. For example, read a good book, drink a warm cup of tea or take a soothing bath. Pick a bedtime you want to stick to and try not to veer too much from it so you can get on a decent schedule.

Keep Active throughout the Day

Get better sleep each night by committing to keeping more active throughout the day. The more calories you burn and steps you take the more tired you’re going to feel when it comes time to go to bed. Consistent exercise and daily movement is important for maintaining a healthy weight and also making sure you get the proper amount of sleep on a regular basis. While intense exercise is best, keep in mind that even some light activity is better than none.

Author: Carol Trehearn

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