Tips and Tricks for Better Sleep
By Sara Butler
When your sleep habits are healthy, then it can make a huge difference in your quality of life. Creating healthy sleep habits is referred to as sleep hygiene, and good sleep hygiene can increase your overall health and wellness, too. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get better quality sleep every night and feel great doing it.
You have to create a sleep schedule for yourself and stick to it. That means you need to go to bed and get up at roughly the same time every single day – even the weekends. Most people use weekends to “catch up” on sleep, but if you’re going to bed around the same time every night and getting enough sleep, then there will be no need to catch up. This may be tough at first but hang in there because once you get used to it, you’ll have a much easier time falling asleep and staying that way all night long.
You need to have a ritual you do every night before bed in order to help you relax and get your body ready to fall asleep. Make sure you choose something that doesn’t involve bright lights or loud noises. Any activity that can cause excitement, stress, and anxiety can make it much more difficult for you to fall sleep.
Avoid a Power Nap
If you have trouble sleeping at night, then you might be lured into taking a short nap to help you make it through the day. But that will only make it more difficult to fall asleep at night. So, if you’re having trouble sleeping and you currently take a nap, skip the nap and see if it’s easier to fall asleep.
One sure way to sleep better at night is to exercise regularly. Even light exercise can make a big difference in the quality and ease of your sleep. Just don’t do it too close to bedtime, or it may have the opposite effect!
How’s Your Room?
Your bedroom should be dark, cool, and free from any noises that could disturb your sleep. If your partner is part of your sleep problem because they snore, consider a white noise machine, cool mist humidifier, or ear plugs to help you stay asleep and not be interrupted by a noisy bed partner.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.