How to Get the Best Sleep of Your Life
There are many benefits of getting a full night of deep sleep, from better mental clarity to simply feeling well-rested and ready for your day. But despite the perks of getting a good night's sleep, many people struggle to get what they need. Thankfully, there are some simple changes that you can make to your lifestyle to improve your sleep schedule and quality. Here are some ways you can start to take control of your sleep and get on the path to a full night's sleep every night.
Creating a nighttime routine that you are committed to sticking to every day is a great way to improve your sleep. Repeating the same actions before bed each night will signal to your brain and body that it's time to rest, and will improve your ability to fall asleep quickly and deeply. Chances are you already have some sort of routine established, like washing your face, brushing your teeth and reading in bed for 20 minutes. But chances also are that you don't do this exact routine every night. Come up with a plan that you can dedicate yourself to, even if you've had a busy day or are extra tired. Some examples of parts of a routine are dimming the lights, lowering the temperature of your bedroom, taking a warm bath or writing in a journal. Decide what works best for you and commit to following it.
Poor bedding may be causing more than a little discomfort; it can be compromising the quality of your sleep. Start with your pillows. If you find yourself having to constantly adjust them when trying to fall asleep, you probably need new ones. Neck pillows with an indentation for your head are highly rated for sleep quality. Try out a few different types to see what best suits you. How old is your mattress? If you are having sleep issues you may want to consider buying a new one. It doesn't need to be expensive and have a ton of bells and whistles, but it should be fairly firm and sturdy. If you can feel the springs of your current mattress or wake up with back discomfort, make a mattress change as soon as possible.
We have all heard that we should limit our use of technology before going to sleep, and this holds true. The type of light emitted from computers, smartphones and TVs sends your brain a signal to be alert and not to rest. If you have to use technology close to bed time, at least turn down the brightness settings. Any light can be disruptive, so if you have an electric alarm clock, try turning that away from you as well.
There are some features of tech that can be helpful, though, such as the sleep tracking ability of the SamsungGear S2. You simply turn on the tracker as you are going to bed, and it measures the quality and length of your sleep depending on movement. This can be a great tool to judge whether or not your sleep is improving.