How you feel each day greatly depends on how well you slept the night before. For your mind to function properly, it is essential that you get a good night’s sleep.
You may not realise it, but the way you sleep, your bedtime habits and day-to-day lifestyle can majorly affect how well you sleep.
To get a good night’s sleep, have a read of our helpful hints and tips below:
Get in sync with your body
Try to get in sync with your body’s natural sleep cycle – if you are tired go to bed. Attempt to keep a regular sleep schedule – go to bed at the same time each night and wake up at the same time each morning. If you go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, you will feel more energized and fresher when you wake up.
If, for example, you find that you start getting tired at 9.30pm each night, set 9.45pm as your bedtime. Try to stick to this time even on weekends. Otherwise, you will throw your whole sleep schedule out the window.
Wake up at the same time each day
Try to wake up at around the same time each day. If you struggle to wake up and need an alarm clock to wake you, then you aren’t getting enough sleep. If this is the case, perhaps you should think about going to bed a little bit earlier.
If you find that you are tired, opt for a quick daytime nap instead of sleeping in late. This will allow you to catch up on sleep without messing up your sleep schedule. Make sure only to nap in the afternoon and limit your nap to 40 minute’s maximum.
Whilst taking a nap is an excellent way to catch up on sleep and recharge your energy levels, it can sometimes make sleeping problems worse. If you struggle to sleep at night regardless of setting a bedtime schedule, it might be a good idea to skip the nap.
Don’t get distracted
Sleep problems and insomnia often stem from distractions, such as flashing phone screens and your partner’s snoring.
Before you go to bed don’t go on your phone, tablet or laptop for at least an hour. Before going to sleep turn off your phone so that it does not disturb you during the night. If you partner snores look into buying them a snorewizard or other anti-snoring device to help them sleep silently.
Always make sure that before you get into bed, all lights, televisions and radios are switched off.
Keep your bedroom at a consistent temperature
An overly hot or cold bedroom will disturb your sleep. Make sure that your bedroom is at the perfect temperature for you to enjoy a good night’s sleep. If the room is too warm open a window, or if it is too cold turn on your radiators.
To help mediate your body temperature whilst you sleep, you could consider investing in an adapting duvet.