Getting a good night’s sleep each and every evening is essential to how your body functions, it provides you with more energy throughout the day, boosts your immune system, aids in reducing stress and helps to ward off a many number of health risks. In spite of this, there are still too many people who do not get enough sleep each night.
Many people actually find difficulty in falling asleep and staying there throughout the course of the night and if this is you, we have put together some tips on how to get the perfect night’s sleep.
Review Your Mattress
I was reading some of the Nectar sleep reviews recently and it is staggering how long people will wait before replacing their mattress. Every 3 to 5 years you should replace your mattress to ensure maximum comfort. It is worth noting that you will spend around one third of the year on top of your mattress so you need to find one that is comfortable, supportive and relaxing.
Food and Drink
In the hours before bedtime, you should avoid any foods which are high in sugar or carb-heavy, you should also avoid eating any large amount of food. In the night your body needs to reset and recover, it cannot do this if it needs to break down large quantities of food. You should also be avoiding caffeinated drinks and alcohol as both can have a negative impact on how well you sleep.
One of the best tricks to not only getting a great night’s sleep but also in feeling better when you wake up, is to have a routine for when you go to bed, and when you wake up. The body will get used to these hours very quickly and after just a few days of sticking to the routine, you will find that you have a better quality of sleep, and that you feel much more sprightly when you wake up in the morning.
When you go to sleep you need to try and make sure that the room is as dark as you can possibly make it. When the brain senses light, it is tricked into thinking that it needs to wake up, naturally this is something that can make sleeping very difficult. Equally you should avoid using tablets, phones and computers in the hour before your bedtime as the resolution on these screens can also alert the brain and make it wake up.
The real key to getting off to sleep, and staying there, is to ensure that you are fully relaxed as you lie down. Finding this relaxation will be something that is exclusive to you but a hot bath, breathing exercises, light stretching or reading a book under soft lighting are all tried and tested methods which serve to help people relax.
How do you sleep? Let us know if you have had any difficulties in the comments section below, and what you are doing to overcome them.