Getting More Sleep: How You Can Do It

Sleep is by far one of those things that everyone could get more of. Especially when you have a busy work life or you parent little rascals. Burning the candle at both ends often isn’t intentional, and you can find that you can end up running on empty. However, getting more sleep is the answer, and it can do all sorts of things to your lifestyle like give you more energy, help you concentrate or be more alert. But how can you get more of it? Often a change in your routine and habits is the answer. I wanted to share with you some of the ways you can do it.

Being comfortable

First of all, are you really comfortable in your bed? The truth is, if you don’t have a decent mattress or pillow then you could be hindering your chances of getting a decent night’s sleep. There is a more serious side to not being comfortable in your bed when falling asleep in an uncomfortable position. It can cause numbness in your arm or numbness in face that comes and goes. Thankfully, if you take the time to research the type of mattress and pillow that is comfortable for you, you can reduce your chances of this happening.

You also need to think about the environment. Did you know that your body temperature needs to come down by at least 1c to fall asleep? A hot room is only going to make you feel uncomfortable so cool the temperature down and use covers to keep you warm. This alone will help reduce your body temperature and allow you to gently fall into a natural sleep.

Change Your Bedtime Routine

We implement bedtime routines for children but what about you? A bedtime routine is actually a great way to ensure that you get the best possible night’s sleep. It is as simple as knowing when you want to sleep and preparing your body for it. A great way to do this is preparing for sleep. Relax and unwind in a warm bath or read a good book. Get comfortable, ready for bed, and enjoy a warm drink.

Cut Out Some of the Bad Things That Keep You Awake

If you are serious about getting a good night’s sleep, you will have to have some self-discipline. That includes things that stimulate your mind. You may think that relaxing in front of the TV is going to be good for you, but actually, your mind is still working and the light on the TV is going to stimulate your brain. The same can be said for things like an iPad or your smartphone. Many people browse their phones before bed, checking their social media or emails, but this isn’t going to be good for you in terms of relaxing your mind.

Other things to consider avoiding before bed would be drinks that contain alcohol or caffeine. While you may think that a nightcap is good to relax you, it won’t do you any favors in the evening. It may send you to sleep, but the alcohol doesn’t leave your system and therefore can wake you in the night, causing you to have a less than restful night’s sleep. It also goes without much being said that Caffeine can keep you awake. Knix caffeinated sodas right before bed.

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Careful What You Eat at Night

It may be really tempting to eat a big meal at night. After all, it seems to be the ideal time when you can really enjoy the food you are eating. But a heavy meal can actually really affect your sleep. Eating too much at night does not allow your digestive system to digest the food sufficiently, which means that when you lie down at night it can sit heavy on your stomach. This isn’t good in terms of weight and it can also cause you to struggle with things like a stomach ache. The best advice would be to eat heavier meals in the morning or at lunchtime, to allow your body time to digest properly and work efficiently.

Sleep is just one of those things that we can take for granted sometimes. But not getting enough or good quality sleep can be detrimental to your health, both physically and mentally. It is just another aspect of looking after yourself and it could certainly benefit you in many different ways. I hope that these tips help you to get better sleep in the future.

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21 thoughts on “Getting More Sleep: How You Can Do It

  1. Eating and drinking can lead to heartburn and having to get up to use the bathroom during the night which interrupt the sleep pattern. I try not to do any of these things after dinner.

  2. I’ve struggled with insomnia most of my life and despite the fact I don’t/can’t have caffeine not much has worked, though I occasionally find breathing techniques can help!

  3. I sleep just fine, it’s just I have to share a bed with my husband, who does not. He shifts, he snores, he randomly wakes up, his legs won’t hold still…ugh. We need a king bed. One day! I’ll show this post to him!

  4. I never sleep more than a few hours at a time. I’m sure a new mattress would help. But also switching to decaf would help too. I didn’t even realize what I eat could have an effect too. I need to use your tips and see if I can’t get my zzzzz’s on.

  5. SLEEP! It seems that that is a never-ending issue around here. I do have to remind myself to cut drinking water at a certain time, otherwise I’ll be up at least once in the middle of the night! Thanks for sharing these great tips!

  6. Unfortunately for me I suffer from insomnia so I will try anything that will make me sleep. There are nights I can sleep really good and then there are nights I am horrible. I will try couple of these tips and see if any of them help me.

  7. There is nothing like a good night’s rest and a comfortable mattress is a must. We recently bought a new mattress and it makes a HUGE difference. I am sleeping so much better.

  8. Love all of your tips. I try not to eat three hours before bed. It was such a bad habit to break. However, I’ve seen a major difference.

  9. I need all of the help I can get in getting more sleep! These are some great ideas I will have to give a try. Thanks for the tips, maybe they can help me get more restful sleep.

  10. Dinner is usually my last meal for the day and I think it’s good to eat something healthy. These are awesome tips on how to sleep better at night. Getting enough sleep keeps you energized throughout the day!

  11. Good tips for getting some really good sleep. It is so important to get the right amount and the right quantity of sleep and this is determined by so many factors. Self discipline here is a must.

  12. I definitely have to be careful about what I eat and how soon before bed. If not, I won’t be sleeping a wink and that’s the worst.

  13. This article is so timely for me. I am in dire need of more sleep, so these are great things to cut out of my life so that I can rest more and not struggle so much with falling asleep.

  14. I just need to go to bed earlier.. but it’s so hard because I need to stay up late to get work done on the computer! Helps to have a good nighttime routine though.

  15. Thanks for the tips on sleeping better. I have to say that I’m guilty of being my own worst enemy with some of these things. Eating big meals, using technology before bed. I need to get better for sure!

  16. As someone with fibromyalgia I am always trying to find a way to actually get some refreshing sleep. The food one eats before is a good idea to think about. I try to watch it but sometimes not easy.

  17. I only get between 5 or 6 hours of sleep each night and I know I have to change this. I’m always feeling tired during the day. After reading your tips, I know I need to eliminate the TV in my bedroom and using my iPad in bed at night too because they don’t allow me to relax my mind before going to sleep.

What are your thoughts?