Last week we discussed just how important a good night’s sleep is for you. How it affects every aspect of your life, from your emotional intelligence to how your body can process food.
Now that we know how vital sleep can be, how can we go about achieving the best sleep possible? Turns out there are a few ways you can start working towards a better night’s sleep. By far, the most important tip we can give you is:
- Get a New Bed -
First of all, get an excellent mattress to guarantee support for your spine. The right quality mattress is responsible for aligning your spine and making sure not to disturb the pressure points in that zone. An added bonus is that the right mattress can help you avoid annoying cracking sounds in your neck. It also provides you with ideal comfort to minimize the excess of movements and snoring.
Platform beds are a unique solution for better sleep, as they don’t require the traditional box spring or bed frame. You can put your mattress on the bed and start sleeping immediately. It will work to restore your back, giving it a proper rest.
- Getting the right amount of sleep -
Try to sleep the proper amount of time according to your age. For example: if you are an adult, you should rest between 7-9 hours.
And before you say it, no, you cannot “cheat” sleep and “get by” on just 4 or 5 hours. On occasion, and depending on a host of variables, you technically could get by on less than the recommended hours of sleep. But if you are chronically “getting by” on less than 7 hours of sleep a night, you should rethink your sleeping habits.
- Sleep Rituals -
Creating the perfect resting environment is vital, with the appropriate temperature, a darkened room, and minimal noise. But creating bedtime rituals can help your body wind down into sleep. These rituals can be as simple as meditating, reading, or even some light yoga.
Once you have found the right ritual for you, it’s essential to stick with it. Make sure you perform your rituals every night, and you will be amazed at how much better you will sleep throughout the night.
- Diet -
One of the most significant ways some foods can affect your sleep is by increasing your metabolism and cell repair. Cherries, pistachios, and cheese and crackers are all great snacks that you can indulge in before going to bed; they each make you more receptive to sleep.
Caffeine can be a considerable impairment in getting the correct amount of sleep every night. The average person can indulge in 400 mg of caffeine without creating permanent damage to their body (4 or 5 cups of coffee a day). That caffeine can take anywhere from 4 to 6 hours to course through your system. So if you are trying to get to sleep around 10:30, maybe skip that evening coffee cup or switch to decaf.
These are just some tips for getting a better night’s sleep. Ask your doctor for more solutions to get the best night’s sleep possible.