The National Sleep Foundation have recently published studies that show over 68% of the population have had trouble sleeping at one time or another in their lives. This is a worrying statistic and one that I honestly thought would have been higher. I myself have had a long running battle with getting a good night’s sleep, that was until 3 years ago when I took some serious action to overcome my issues.
I you fall into this percentage and have difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep, here are some tips on how to help you overcome this and sleep with ease.
Fix The Bed
The first place to start when it comes to getting a great sleep is to look at the kind of bed, mattress and bedding which you use when you sleep. It is amazing how few people consider this a priority, I was reading the Nectar bed reviews recently and many people discuss the lack of importance that they place on their bed and actually accept some discomfort. Make sure that you have a mattress which you can sink into, one that will support you and provide comfort, also ensure that you have light and comfortable bedding and pay particular attention to your pillow choice if you want to get a great night’s sleep.
You must get into the habit of sleeping at the same hour each day and waking up at the same hour each night in order to maximize your chances of sleeping well. Once your body recognizes this habit, it will begin to shut down and switch on at the times that you need it to which will help you to start the day better and most importantly, fall asleep much easier. Your body will actually do all of this hard work for you, all that is required from you is a little discipline to make sure that you go to bed at the right time each night and wake up at the same hour each morning, including weekends.
Easing Yourself In
The final piece of the jigsaw when it comes to getting a great night’s sleep is to have a ritual each night which will ease you into tiredness. Start two or three hours before you go to bed, avoid foods and drinks other than water and try to avoid technology such as TV, tablets and mobile usage. The idea is to avoid mental and physical stimulation so that your body is fully relaxed when you go to bed. Try to take a hot bath, practice some breathing exercises and do some light reading as you approach bedtime. Doing activities like this will help your body to slowly shut down and relax which means that when the time comes to sleep, you should nod off easily and maintain a good quality of sleep.
Have you overcome sleeping issues? Let us know how you did it in the comments section below, we’d love to hear from you.