We all know how important sleep is for our health. The problem is that having a good night sleep is easier said than done. Most of us struggle to get the quality of sleep we need.
Although we all sleep every single day there is a lot about it that we still don't understand. I recently wrote a blog about what you need to know about sleep and you can read it here.
So now that you are a little more up to speed about how sleep works, here are my top tips to guarantee you get better night’s sleep.
1 Have a schedule
I always hear people say that they can’t go to bed before 1 a.m. or later! This may feel true, but even this is a habit that can be broken if you put your mind into it.
The secret is going to bed and getting up at the same time every day! Yes, including the weekend!
It may be hard at first and there may be a lot of tossing and turning in the first days. But you will see your body getting used to it in no time
2 Avoid naps
I know, who has time for naps? But you would be surprised and yes sometimes a little nap can make a long day more manageable. But it will also throw your entire sleeping schedule off.
So maybe a short workout will give you the energy that you need for the rest of a busy day.
3 Create a routine
Having a before bed routine can trigger your body to naturally wind down.
What you do is very personal and can be anything. Putting on your pyjamas, brushing your teeth lying in bed playing some assisted mediation
When you have a healthy frequent exercise routine you will have the energy you need to go through your day and when you do get to bed your body will be relaxed and ready to sleep.
5 Remove Stimulation
The obvious one here doesn't check your phone before sleeping. Going through your emails or Facebook isn’t going to help your mind relax if anything it will probably set your brain going which is one thing that you really don’t want before you go to sleep.
But your phone are not the problem a lot of people read before bed, books are considered to be relaxing before bed… they are not! Get into the habit of eliminating all stimulation from your bedroom. If you want to read, read in your living room and then go to bed. This will make your room a place of sleep and relaxation which is a great habit to have.
6 Have the right equipment
Where you sleep is as important as how long you sleep for. Sleeping on the wrong mattress can give you more problems than you think including back pain, headaches and general body pain.
Invest in a good mattress and pillows, you will never regret it. And it can make all the difference!
These are my tips for getting better sleep. I’m sure you all have some too so please feel free to give us your own advice in the comments!