Sleep can be a cruel mistress. Are you getting enough of it? Is it eluding you to where you’re having trouble staying awake? Here are some tips to help you in that struggle.
Getting a good night’s sleep is often a struggle for some of us, going to bed at a decent time, falling asleep, and sleeping until our alarms go off to wake up refreshed is ideal, but not a reality. We expect we will wake up after 7-8 hours and feel like we’re ready for the day to conquer the entire world.
Most of us wake up wanting to go back to sleep or so tired throughout the day that it’s difficult to get things done. Here are some tips to help with trying to get that good night of rest so you wake up refreshed the next day.
Tips for a good night’s sleep.
1. Sleep Hygiene.
I’ve talked about this before, however, this is so important that doctors tell you about it when you complain you’re not getting a good night’s sleep. Put computers, tablets, and phones away before bed. Stop watching TV an hour before bedtime and don’t drink caffeine later in the day. These will all help with getting a good night’s rest.
2. Keep your room cool.
It’s miserable when you’re trying to sleep and it’s hot. Keeping your room at a nice cool temperature is always a guarantee you will sleep well as most people become hot overnight.
3. White noise.
If you’re someone like me, a city dweller, sometimes white noise can help with all the night sounds that creep in through the windows when everything is ‘quiet’ (is anything ever quiet in the city?). White noise helps the mind tune out those noises and get to a blissful spot of quiet for a night of better sleep.
4. Go to sleep at a regular time.
It’s proven that going to sleep at the same time every night will help your body to adjust to its new routine and that waking up every day at the same time (yes, even on the weekends) will keep your body in balance.
5. Chamomile Tea.
This calming tea has natural effects on the body that can help relax you at night, it’s even labeled in some brands as ‘sleepy time tea’ to advertise its ability to help with sleep.
6. Melatonin tablets.
This is a natural method that your brain already produces on its own and just helps to boost its levels so you fall asleep easier and get a better night’s rest.
7. No pets in the bed.
I feel like a horrible pet mother for saying this, but yes – no pets in the bed. Having those extra warm bodies is heaven for snuggling with, but adds extra heat, movement and other things that interrupt our sleep even when we don’t notice it. If you’ve ever been kicked in the face by a dreaming dog, you’ll know what I mean.
These tips and many others not listed will help with a good night’s sleep that will set you up for success the next day and days to come. Don’t be afraid to look at natural methods of helping you sleep and making sure that your routine at night focuses on good sleep hygiene. Your body and mind will thank you.