How to Get Better Sleep
Sometimes we wake up in the morning feeling like we haven’t slept a wink, even though we went to bed tired and were convinced we’d recoup the energy expended during our everyday routine. It’s frustrating to find yourself still tired day after day. Keep reading to discover a few tips for getting better sleep below.
One of the worst things that can happen to us is to be unable to really rest while we’re sleeping, and if it happens over and over again it can be a very serious health problem. It’s awful feeling irritable and cranky toward the whole world due to lack of sleep.
But since no one is responsible for this problem, we need to find the right way to fix this unpleasant situation – so it’s important that you pay close attention to the following tips for getting better sleep at night.
Tips for Getting Better Sleep
- One of the most important things we can do is maintain a regular sleep schedule. That means we go to sleep at the same time every day, and try to get at least seven hours of sleep a night. This way the body gets used to a routine, making it easier to fall asleep and helping us get the rest we need to restore our energy and start every new day relaxed and fully of energy.
- Taking a hot shower about half an hour before going to bed is another good way to fall asleep faster and sleep more deeply. Warm water helps relax the muscles and releases tensions accumulated throughout the day, and is soothing in general.
- Some people might remember their grandmothers or mothers suggesting a glass of warm milk, maybe with a tablespoon of honey, before bedtime. It truly does work, but people who have an intolerance of lactose should avoid this one, because it will result in a swollen or heavy sensation and keep them awake at night – not the desired effect.
- If you’re having trouble sleeping, you should avoid drinking any caffeinated beverages like coffee. If you must, you can drink them in the morning but never before bedtime, because caffeine is a stimulant and it prevents adequate rest – as does consumption of alcohol.
- Another thing that can interfere with sleep is eating a large meal just before going to bed. It’s much better to eat something light, preferably a salad or something similar, and wait at least two hours before bedtime, and that way you’ll get better rest.
- Having a good bed is critical to getting a good night’s sleep, and it should be somewhere in the middle of firmness – not too hard, and not too soft. The same goes for your pillows, to help you get in a comfortable and supportive position without discomfort for a restful night’s sleep.
- Make sure your bedroom temperature is comfortable, not too hot or too cold. And keep excessive light out as well as noise, which can interfere with adequate rest.