Sleep is one of the most vital parts of being a properly functioning human being, so why is it that we don’t spend nearly enough time focusing on the importance of it?
You may be too busy during waking hours that your tasks go well into the night, or it may be that you have a difficult time sleeping due to anxiety, insomnia, or other mental health-related conditions.
Well, we know how important getting solid sleep is, so we are here to help you catch more zzzs. We have a few tips that may be able to help you reach peak sleep in no time.
1. Cut Down on Digital Time
A simple, yet difficult task that will help you sleep better is putting your phone down and cutting out all screen time an hour or two before bed. Whether you realize it or not, when we are mindlessly scrolling, watching videos, or reading the latest news it is stimulating our brains and keeping us awake.
When we put them down, we are allowing our brains to get the rest it needs. We know that some people feel like they need sounds to sleep, so instead of using the TV for background noise, invest in a white noise machine to help lull you to sleep and wake you up calmly when the time comes.
2. Upgrade Your Sheets and Pillowcases
If you are still sleeping on decades-old sheets and pillowcases, the time has come to upgrade your sheet game and start sleeping better.
When you are on a clean, crisp, cozy new set of sheets you are helping your body get the comfort it needs when resting. Oh, and don’t forget to upgrade your body pillow covers, too.
Once your entire bed is decked out in new and improved linens, you’ll be surprised how quickly better sleep will find you.
3. Stick to a Routine
You may think that having a bedtime is only necessary for the kiddos in your life, but they are an efficient tool for kids and adults alike.
By introducing a nighttime schedule to your evenings, you are making it so your body and your mind are properly prepared for bed. It will keep you on track and ready to hit the hay when the time comes.
So, when your bedtime alarm goes off, wash up, hop into your pajamas, and get to sleep. You will be glad you did.
4. Keep Your Room at a Comfortable Temperature
We know the temperature of your room is sometimes dependent on the weather, but it is important to always try and sleep in a room that is at a comfortable, cool temperature.
When we sleep our bodies naturally rise in temperature, which warms up the bed and the room.
If you start the evening off with a cooler room, you are bettering your chances of sleeping through the night and getting full and sound sleep.
5. Have Proper Hygiene
Proper hygiene is different for everyone (are you a morning or nighttime shower-er?), but there are a few factors that should be universal for all that want to get good sleep at night.
Brushing your teeth, washing your face, and wiping off the gunk of the day from your skin can help you to get the sleep that your body wants and needs. You may not even realize how much you could be benefitting from taking just a few steps toward nighttime cleanliness.
But once you get in the habit and get started on a clean routine, you are opening the door for your body and mind to rest and relax and become fully prepared for sleep.
The time is now for making sleep your priority and focus. We hope that a few of these tips will help you get the sleep you are hoping for and the rest that your body is craving.