Are you ready to make a sleep a priority? Summer is here, it’s the perfect time to improve your sleep patterns and environment to make sure you are in tip top shape for all the activities you are planning.
Here are some tips to help you get great sleep.
1. Take time to wind down
When prepping for bed, take time to calm your mind and relax. This can help prepare your body for a good night’s rest. Find your favorite relaxation technique and make it a part of your everyday nighttime routine. If you don’t have one, you can try reading, listening to relaxing music, taking a bath, yoga, or even just doing some deep breathing exercises. Don’t be afraid to try different methods until you find one that works for you.
2. Control your light exposure
Too much light in the evening can tell your body that it needs to stay awake. As you prep for bed, dim as many lights as possible and avoid as many electronics as possible. You should start doing this an hour or more before bed. The blue lights from the screens.
3. Get the right mattress & pillow
What you sleep with makes a big difference in your sleep quality. You should not sleep better in a hotel or someone else’s home. The mattress and pillow that you use should provide you with the proper support and comfort level for your unique sleep needs. If you haven’t replaced your mattress in a few years and are waking up tense, consider getting a new one. With SmartMatch, you can find specific options so you don’t have to guess.
4. Create your ultimate sleep environment
Your room plays a key role in your sleep conditions. Make sure you are set up in a prime environment, so you can sleep peacefully through the night. Keep your room cool at about 60 to 67 degrees. Limit the amount of noise and light so it does not disrupt your sleep. If you need noise, “white noise” machines can be a good, peaceful alternative.
5. Keep a consistent sleep schedule
Regulate your body’s clock with a consistent sleep schedule. You should try to maintain the same bedtime and wake up time everyday – weekends included. The recommended amount of sleep needed for an adult is 7-8 hours. If you need to make changes to your times, make adjustments gradually. Studies suggest 15-minute increments so you body can easily adjust.
Sleep is important to your overall help. While you sleep, your body repairs itself and preps for the next awake period. Try to incorporate some of the tips above to help you get better sleep.
We have developed a sleep log that can help you track how you are sleeping and keep up with your progress. Read here on why you should consider using a sleep log.