So, as I’m sure most of you are aware, getting enough rest is hugely important for your health and well-being. In fact, it’s recommended that as an adult, you should get between six and nine hours each night, I think I probably get between five and six a night and maybe, if I’m lucky, at the weekends I’ll get an extra hour. However, if your struggling with the little amount of sleep that you’re getting at the minute, these four tips could help you finally get an extra few hours at minimum, or at best, the best sleep of your life.
Evaluate Your Bed Set-Up
Unless your bed set up is up to scratch, you may find that you’re unable to enjoy a good night’s sleep. A sagging mattress, lumpy pillows and an uncomfortable duvet could easily stand in the way of you getting the shuteye you need. If you toss and turn at night and often wake up still feeling tired and achy, you might be due an upgrade. You could make small changes, such as buying luxuriously soft sheets and plump pillows, or you could start from scratch and invest in a completely new bed. For the ultimate night’s sleep, you could go for a bed with an inbuilt massage function, such as the models available from specialist suppliers Adjustamatic. These furnishings are designed to pulsate and relax your muscles so you can fall into a dreamlike state with ease.
Stick to a Sleep Schedule
If your current sleep schedule is all over the place, it’s likely you’re going to suffer as a result. If you can, you should try to regulate your sleeping pattern, heading to bed at the same time each night and waking up at a similar time every morning. Sticking to a routine should mean that you find it easier to drift off, and what’s more, you’ll have more energy during the day and feel much healthier. Establishing fixed times for going to bed and waking up could kick your sleep habits into check, here’s a few more reasons why it’s good to have an established sleep routine.
Cut Your Caffeine Intake
Did you know that it can take approximately six hours for the effects of caffeine to wear off? Caffeine is a stimulant, and while a mug of tea or coffee to wake you up first thing in the morning might seem like a good idea, you should try to lay off it later in the day if you want to enjoy a restful night’s sleep. Instead of relying on your usual caffeine hit mid-afternoon, you could swap this for an alternative, such as water or natural fruit juice, to ensure you’ll be ready to snooze once bedtime rolls around.
Take the Time to Relax
Simply allowing yourself some time to relax before you head to bed could help you sleep better. If you slide between the sheets feeling stressed, worried and on edge, the chances are you’ll struggle to drift off. From taking a hot bubble bath, to reading your favourite book, to doing meditation and breathing exercises, there are a number of ways you can help ready your mind and body for slumber.
By making these improvements, you stand a much better chance of getting the sleep you need so fingers crossed you’ll start getting a sufficient amount!