1. Invest in a quality mattress
A good night’s sleep is one of the most important things for your overall health. A good, healthy and nourishing sleep every night has a significant impact on your short and long – term health. If it’s something you are going to be doing every single day of the year, then it is absolutely worth forking out some cash and getting a high quality mattress. You wouldn’t hike a mountain without the proper gear, so why would you go to sleep every night for 365 days a year without the proper mattress.
2. Get comfortable with the right bedding
If a quality mattress and bed is important then so too is choosing the right bedding. You need to create an environment that delivers comfort and support. This means not settling for poor quality and old pillows, a new pillow will change your sleep for the better. Throw in mattress protectors, pillow protectors, sheets and whole lot more, and you’ve got yourself a comfortable sleep area and you’re on your way to a better sleep.
3. Stay Dark
The dark tells your brain that it is time to sleep. Shut the blinds and curtains and make sure any annoying lighting is shut out. You need your room to be conducive to sleep and a dark room cues your body for sleep. Light is a powerful signal to your brain to be awake, thus the darker your room is the better you’ll sleep.
4. Avoid Electronics 30 minutes before sleep
We spend all day staring at our screens – computers, TV’s, phones and the list goes on and on. If you want to sleep better – pull the plug early. Electricity stimulates our senses and makes it hard to sleep, give your body time to transition from your active day to bedtime drowsiness by pulling the plug early.
5. Manage your room’s Temperature
Nobody likes to sleep when they’re too hot or too cold. We’ve all woken up in the middle of the night in a sweat or freezing cold. Slipping between cool sheets helps trigger a drop in your body
temperature and helps produce melatonin, which induces sleep. If you want to sleep better, you shouldn’t feel cold or hot—but just right.
6. Avoid Caffeine
We all like a coffee but avoiding stimulants after 3pm helps ensure a sound sleep. So if you need a coffee – get your hit early. Caffeine is a stimulant that stays in your system for about 8 hours, so if you have a late afternoon coffee, it will prevent your brain from entering into a deep sleep.
7. Get yourself a Good Mattress
It’s so important it made the list twice. You have only one mattress, in which you sleep on every night of the year, for many years. So if you’re going to invest in something – invest in a better night’s sleep.