Simple steps that will help you sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep is important for your health and for feeling better during the day. There are many things that can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. Here is a list of 8 habits that you can develop to get a good night’s sleep.
1. Set a specific time for sleeping
Like most everything else, getting to sleep is a habit that can be developed and encouraged. Start by going to bed at a specific time each day. Even if you can’t fall to sleep immediately, you will remove an obstacle that is impacting your sleeping habits.
2. Don’t eat or watch TV in bed
These are distracting and will stimulate you and keep you awake. More importantly they will put you into the habit of waking up when you go to bed even if you don’t watch TV or eat snacks in bed for a day or two. You will just stay awake until you reach the time that you normally go to sleep.
3. Stop drinking things with caffeine after 6:00 P.M.
It generally takes several hours to get caffeine out of your system, and stimulants of any kind will impair your ability to get to sleep.
4. Keep the noise down
Loud noises can distract you from falling asleep. If your bedroom is near streets, or if you have noisy neighbors you could move your bed to the other side of your house. If that is not an option consider wearing ear plugs to help keep the noise down.
To much light can be another distraction preventing you from getting a good nights rest. If you have a lot of lights coming in through the window, you should add some blinders to block out the light.
5. Avoid late afternoon naps and evening naps
Even though naps can be refreshing, they can also rob you of a good night’s sleep. Instead of taking a cat nap if you start to feel a little sleepy, get up and walk around a little, or do some other physical activity to help fight off the sleepiness.
6. Stay cool
A room that is to either to hot or to cold can affect the quality and amount of sleep that you get during the night. Try to keep your bedroom somewhat cool, around 65 degrees Fahrenheit to get optimal sleep. You can use a fan to help regulate the temperature of the bed since lying under the covers will warm you up and could over heat you while you are asleep.
7. Get comfortable
Some people prefer soft beds while others might need a harder bed. It is possible for your mattress to rob you of a good night’s sleep simply because it is too hard or soft for you.
It is possible that the mattress is worn causing an uneven sleeping surface. Because of this, you should check your mattress closely to make sure that it isn’t getting worn out and preventing you from getting some deep sleep.
8. Manage stress
Not only can stress cause all sorts of physical problems, it can also keep you awake at night’s worrying about your problems. Learning how to manage your stress is vital for a good nights sleep and not to mention your health.