January 21, 2019

The new year has only just begun and for those that are still brainstorming the perfect resolution, consider making it as simple as getting better sleep. This will help you not only be more relaxed, but will also pave the way in achieving the rest of your goals. While most resolutions revolve around losing weight and eating healthier, one thing they all have in common is the decision to change for the better. This all starts with a good night’s rest. To accomplish any goal, you need to get an adequate amount of sleep.

Sleep affects many aspects of our everyday life. It has a profound impact on our energy level and mood, which in the long term influences our ability to feel motivated and empowered. When we don’t get enough rest, we’re overcome with feelings of stress, weakness, low drive, and little patience. You find that you have no motivation to get things done because all your mind is focusing on is finding the nearest bed. Sleep also influences physical health and brain function, which aid in learning, fitness, and weight loss.

 

10 Tips for Better Sleep

Fortunately, there are many effective ways to get enough quality sleep that doesn’t require spending a lot of money. What it does require is changing habits that may be sabotaging your ability to get a decent slumber.

 

  1. Consistency is key: Maintain a regular sleeping schedule by waking up the same time each day (yes, even on weekends) so your body becomes accustomed to the pattern.

 

  1. Sleep positions matter: Understanding the way and position you sleep in is essential in finding the right pillow and maximizing comfort. Learn more about the best pillow for each sleep position here.

 

  1. Create the perfect bedroom: The ideal room temperature is 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Ensure your bedding (pillows, comforters, blankets) are promoting sleep by making sure they’re providing good support to your head, neck, and back. Check out our selection of products here.

 

  1. Simplicity is best: Check that lights and noises are kept to a minimum to avoid distraction. You want to be able to just focus on sleeping.

 

  1. No electronics: We are in the day and age where our cellphones have become a huge part of our lives. Many of us are guilty when it comes to bringing our phones to bed. Limit your screen time 15-30 minutes before bedtime so you can decompress.

 

  1. Wind down: Avoid the consumption of stimulants like nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol at least three hours before bedtime so they don’t interfere with your sleep.

 

  1. Go to the bathroom before bed: Using the restroom before you get into bed will prevent you from waking up in the middle of the night and interrupting your sleep cycle.

 

  1. Stretch: Stretching will help the body relax and relieve stress, which is especially helpful before bedtime because you'll be able to sleep more peacefully.

 

  1. Try to clear your thoughts: Breathing exercises can be incredibly useful if you're trying to clear your mind before going to bed. If you clear your thoughts, they won't keep you awake while you are trying to fall sleep.

 

  1. Go high tech: Technology continues to grow each day and now such products are available to track our sleep. Using a tracker to measure your slumber can help keep you on track and motivated to form new and better sleep habits.

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