Sleeping is a fundamental human activity, and it can be enjoyable as well. After a hard day’s work, nothing feels quite so good as lying down for a rest. However, your pleasant repose can turn into a nightmare if the environment isn’t right for sleeping. If you are having trouble getting a good night’s sleep, here are some of the more common culprits.
Head support is a crucial part of getting a good night’s sleep. If your pillows can’t support your head and neck, you’ll toss and turn the night away, then wake up aching. Moreover, if you have certain allergies, then pillows made of improper materials can cause breathing problems and thus poor sleep. Get the proper kinds of pillows for your needs — ones whose firmness works for you and to whose materials you don’t react. Of course, regular rotation and replacement of your pillows is also important.
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No mattress can last forever. Over time, even the nicest of bedding will deteriorate, getting sags, indentations, and other marks of age. A mattress that has begun to break down will lead to your having an uncomfortable night of sleep, keeping you from resting properly and causing tiredness and soreness. Moreover, older mattress materials are less comfortable and supportive than those used in newer models. You can prolong the life of the mattress by rotating it regularly, but eventually, you’ll need to bite the bullet and replace it.
Temperature is one of the biggest environmental factors in your home, and keeping it at a comfortable level is likely a big source of energy use. But if you are trying to keep the same temperature when you are sleeping, then you’re probably not doing it right. The ideal temperatures for sleep sit a little below room temperature, so adjusting the thermostat before you turn in for the evening is a great way to get restful sleep. If you have children around the house, it’s good to remember that you should keep the temperature slightly higher than you would if your household included just adults.
Depending on where you are in life, it might be tempting to switch up your sleep times based on your daily schedule. Sleeping when you are done with the day’s activities and waking up in time for class or work is something that sounds appealing, particularly to young people. The problem is that the human body isn’t designed to work well that way. Your body wants to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day, and it works at less than peak efficiency if you try to do otherwise. Some variance in sleep times is acceptable, but adhering to no structured sleep schedule whatsoever is a ticket to exhaustion.
Sleeping well is a fundamental part of performing at your best in daily living. If you are having any problems sleeping, don’t try to ignore them in hopes that they’ll just go away. Be proactive and solve your problems, and you’ll be snoozing with gusto in no time.
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