Your Fitness Spot knows that getting a good night’s sleep isn’t always easy to do. Distractions like phone calls, work, text messages, loved ones, television shows, books, and pets can keep us up late at night. Sometimes worries, stress, or tension can even disrupt sleep. Getting enough sleep is vital to living a happy and healthy life, use these 5 steps to ensure that you are getting a better night's sleep.
1. Make a relaxing space for sleep. Having the right space to sleep in can make a difference in your sleep patterns. People who have brighter rooms may not sleep as well as those who have darker rooms. Those who have rooms that are quieter get better sleep than those with the noise of a TV or street noise, even though some sound machine noises can improve sleep for some people.
2. Humans much like animals are creatures of habit. Even though routines can become annoying, if you establish a nighttime ritual, then your body will know it’s time to unwind for sleep. Some bedtime rituals may even start hours in advance, like watching the news from 9 to 9:30 pm then taking a bubble bath until 10 pm followed by climbing into bed and reading until 10:30 pm before you turn the lights out to be asleep by 11 pm.
3. Take care of pain. Everyday pain such as muscle-aches, headaches, and cramps can disrupt sleep. Taking medicines or doing yoga and exercises to help alleviate the pain will help you sleep longer and better.
4. Everyone loves caffeine, it’s not uncommon to meet a caffeine addict even if they refer to themselves as addicted to coffee, energy drinks, or sodas. However, we also know that caffeine is a stimulant which doesn’t help your body relax and get ready for sleep. Try to avoid drinking caffeine for at least two to three hours before going to sleep.
5. Wake up at the same time every day. Just like establishing a night-time ritual, waking up at the same time every morning nighttime ritual, waking up at the same time every morning can help you have a better nights rest. When you wake up at different times every day your body gets a weird groggy feeling and doesn’t truly wake up.
Try these five tips to get a better night’s sleep - we think they'll help.