Advice And Tips For Better Sleep
We all know that we’re supposed to get 8 hours kip each night. We all know that with this, comes huge health benefits such as stress reduction, weight maintenance, helping you to live longer, sharpen attention spans and fight infections, plus much more! But, far too many of us have difficulty sleeping. Falling asleep fast and getting adequate sleep is a challenge for many of us. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best sleeping tips to improve your sleep and combat insomnia. Without further ado, here’s how to get a good night sleep!
It’s really beneficial if you stick to a sleep schedule and go to bed and wake up at the same time each night. Your body has a circadian rhythm and when you stick to a sleep schedule, it’s setting your body’s internal clock and optimises your sleep quality. We all have different sleep cycles - you should choose a bedtime where you typically feel tired for the best hours to sleep and if you’re getting adequate sleep, you should wake up naturally before your alarm goes off. If you are woken up by an alarm clock, consider going to bed earlier. Exposing yourself to natural light in the morning triggers your brain to stay awake and this further sets your body’s internal clock.
Exercise has a hugely positive impact on how well we sleep at night as well. This is because physical activity has the effect of releasing sleep-inducing hormones. The more you exercise, the better the sleep quality and the more powerful the sleep benefits. It’s been proved that even a 10 minute walk each day improves sleep. However, you need to time your exercise right - exercising too close to bedtime can interfere with your sleep, as it makes you more alert and raises temperature and heart rate. To improve sleep, one of the best times to exercise is in the late afternoon.
A Comfortable Bed and Mattress
Investing in a high quality bed and choosing a supportive and comfortable mattress, with the right pillows and bedding, will go a long way in getting adequate sleep. A certain mattress and bed will do wonders for one person’s sleep, but not for another person. Do some research and make sure that your mattress and bed are just right for you. A better night’s sleep due to the perfect bed for you, will add up to a better you!
Evaluate Your Room
You may not realise it, but your room itself can interfere with you obtaining optimal sleep. For the perfect sleep environment, keep clutter to a minimum, block out light and ensure that your room’s temperature is just right - temperatures between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit are said to be ideal for dream sleep. It’s also a good idea to limit your exposure to electronic devices and try not to clock watch either! Both electronic devices and clock-watching stimulates the brain.
Food and Drink
Food and drink also have an effect on how well you sleep. Eating too close to your bedtime undermines sleep, due to your body having to digest your food which is a signal for waking. It’s recommended that you have your evening meal at least 3 hours before bedtime. The consumption of caffeine causes sleeplessness as it is a stimulant that wake you up - try to avoid caffeine consumption past 2:00pm in the day, to keep it from stealing your sleep! Alcohol is another stimulant that’s best to avoid - it may make you drowsy and fall asleep fast, but it also leads to more awakenings and stops you from reaching deep sleep.
At Taurus Pine Beds, our goal is for you to achieve your dream sleep and we hope that you find our best sleep tips useful! Looking for a comfortable and supportive Taurus bed to improve your sleep? Contact Taurus Pine Beds today for handmade wooden beds and superb mattresses.