Ways to Sleep More Soundly in 2018
If you’re tired of trying to function when you feel so fatigued that even getting out of bed in the morning seems like a struggle, it’s time to make a few changes.
There’s nothing strange about struggling to sleep soundly at night – approximately 45 percent of Americans suffer from poor sleep quality that makes it difficult for them to go about their daily business. However, it is not, in most cases inevitable.
If you want to start 2018 off right, with a spring in your step and enough energy to put your kids to shame, then here’s what you need to do to sleep soundly tonight and every night from now on:
Rule Out Medical Problems
First of all, you’re going to want to rule out possible medical reasons for your lack of sleep, things like sleep apnea, for example. If you have a clean bill of health, but you still struggle to sleep, then it’s time to try one of the following simple sleep fixes…
Darken Your Room
If your bedroom isn’t completely dark to the point that you can’t even see immediately in front of you when you retire to bed, then chances are your body is struggling to make enough melatonin. Why? Because light hampers the body’s ability to product this important sleep hormone. So, invest in a good set of blackout blinds and turn off any electronics that are emitting light.
Toss Your Mattress
Is the main cause of your sleepless nights discomfort? Don’t hesitate to toss out your old mattress and replace it with one that’s much more supportive, especially in the neck, shoulder and lower back areas and see how much better you feel. Try to test out the mattress before purchase if you can because what works for one person won’t necessarily work for another.
Try a Supplement
It may be worth trying a natural supplement like some of the ones at the supplement superstore, which are purported to help people sleep more soundly at night. Supplements that contain chamomile, valerian and hops, in particular, are pretty good for those of you who just need a little extra nudge to float off to dreamland.
Get into a Routine
It’s much easier to get a good night’s sleep if you go to bed and wake up at the same time. It’s even easier if you create a relaxing pre-bedtime routine whereby you switch off the electronic devices and read a good book, take a hot bath, meditate or do whatever it is that takes you to your happy place and keeps you calm.
Don’t Watch the Clock
If you do find yourself waking up multiple times in the middle of the night, the worst thing you could do is check the time on the clock. If you do this, it makes you stress out, and that makes it much more difficult for you to drift back off.
The more active you are, the more likely you’ll tire yourself out enough to get your full 7-9 hours. It really is that simple!
Here’s to a restful night’s sleep!