Getting a good night of sleep is crucial to being a functioning member of society. It helps you maintain focus, stay positive, be productive, see improved athletic performance, and many others. Unfortunately, not everyone consistently gets enough sleep. In fact, sleep-related problems impact tens of millions of Americans.
However, before you simply accept the fact that your sleep will always be subpar, there are a few things you can do in order to sleep soundly every night. This article is going to cover a few of them.
Choose the Right Mattress
Picking the best mattress is a very important part of ensuring you can sleep soundly. The mattress not only needs to be comfortable but also support you well. There are several different types to choose from, such as foam, innerspring, latex, hybrid and others. Each comes with its own different pros and cons, and the right choice will depend on your needs.
In addition to your preferences, you also need to think of your sleeping position when choosing a mattress. For example, stomach sleepers generally need a softer bed while back sleepers need the support from a firmer mattress. Of course, ensure the size of the mattress is large enough for you and your partner.
Optimize Your Sleep Environment
Your sleeping environment is also a crucial part of how well you sleep on a nightly basis. If it is poor, it will no doubt have a negative impact on your sleep. Your sleeping environment includes how bright a room is, how quiet it is and the quality of your blanket and pillows. The darker and quieter a room, the easier it will be to sleep in.
Also, the temperature of the room is also important. While you don’t want to be freezing cold, trying to sleep when it’s too hot can be incredibly challenging. If you find yourself struggling to sleep well, think of ways that you can improve the environment you sleep in. Even a simple or small change can have a measurable difference.
If the light or sound is out of your control (such as street lights or a busy road), find other options. This can include blackout curtains, ear plugs and ensuring all windows are closed.
Have a Quality Routine Before Bed
What you do before bed can also have an impact on how well you sleep. If you try to go to sleep right after watching a loud action movie, you may find it hard to fall asleep quickly and easily. Instead, try to develop a routine based on de-stressing yourself and calming down before bed. The better you can wind down, the easier it will be to fall asleep and stay asleep.
It is better to do things that will calm you down and prepare you for sleep. Reading, having a bath, meditating, listening to music and doing yoga are solid choices. Also, do your best to limit screen time before bed, or at least turn your brightness way down. If you are going to eat late at night, keep it light and avoid large meals, as well as spicy food.