Are you getting enough sleep? Wish you could be sleeping better? Do you wake each morning feeling just as tired, if not more so, than when you went to bed? I promise you…you’re not alone.
Many people find that sleep is elusive. And of course, how you feel in the morning makes a significant impact on how you manage your day. If you wake up feeling exhausted, it doesn’t bode well for your energy throughout the day, does it? The good news is that it really is possible to wake up feeling refreshed and I’m going to share my simple tips for sleeping better at night.
Create a Good Sleeping Environment
There are three essentials to a good sleeping environment. And ultimately they all bring you to the same experience. When you walk into your bedroom, it should be a place that makes you feel relaxed, soothed, and ready to sleep.
The first essential is temperature. Your bedroom should be around 65 degrees for optimal sleeping. Too hot or too cold and you’ll be uncomfortable. If you like to sleep with a lot of heavy blankets, you can turn the thermostat down even more.
The second essential of a good sleeping environment is good lighting. During the day, of course, you want to be able to see clearly so that you can function in your room. However, in the evening when you’re falling asleep, you want all sources of light to be eliminated. There are now alarm clocks that gradually lighten in the morning to wake you up. These clocks simulate the rising sun. These clocks can also emit an ambient light that helps you fall and stay asleep. You can check out some of these lights here.
The third essential, surround yourself with comfortable linens, pillow, and sleep in pajamas that make you feel great. And, if you understood this as me telling you go buy some new linens, pillows, and pajamas, then have at it!
A Soothing Routine
There are also habits that are stimulating, and therefore they prevent you from relaxing and falling asleep. By avoiding these habits and replacing them with soothing ones can help put your mind and body in a state of sleep readiness. For example, don’t exercise or eat before bed. And avoid anything caffeinated after lunchtime.
Turn off all screens at least 30 minutes before you turn out the lights. And you can journal, read, or even meditate before bedtime to get your body ready for sleep. Try to go to sleep, and wake, at the same time every day. I know this one might be a challenge, but this will help your mind and body get ready for sleep.
Finally, pay attention to foods, activities, and situations that may interfere with your sleep. For example, you might learn that you sleep poorly after having more than one glass of wine. (I know, perish the thought.) Being aware of this information can help you make better choices for yourself and your health.
Sleep is important to your mental and physical well-being. It’s a time when your brain and your body are renewed. If your unable to get enough restful sleep, it can not only have a negative impact on your mental focus and clarity, it can affect your mood and your physical health. Start using these simple tips for sleeping better at night and wake up refreshed every morning.
Wishing you a great night’s sleep…starting tonight!