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3 Self-Help Tips to Improve Your Sleep

By Virginia Laird

When it comes to getting plenty of sleep, there are millions who consider it something they will never be able to achieve. Being a member of the sleep deprivation club is nothing to brag about. Still, there are many who simply do not know how to overcome this curse. Health and wellness experts suggest there are several self-help tips which can be beneficial in helping you defeat your lack of sleep. A few of these tips include:

  • Set a bedtime and stick to it
  • Take a look at your mattress
  • Establish a bedtime routine

Set a Bedtime and Stick To It

For many parents a bedtime is something for children only. However, health and wellness experts admit that a bedtime can be beneficial for everyone in your home. Research suggests that having a bedtime and sticking to it can help everyone get the amount of sleep they need to be well rested. It is suggested that the average adult get at least six hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. However, many adults require much more than this. Although there are millions who fall short of this goal nightly, there is no reason for you to be a member of the club. To help yourself get the sleep you need to start planning for a bedtime and stick to it. The first few nights may be a struggle, but your body will quickly adjust and will allow you to rest better on a routine basis.

Take a Look at Your Mattress

For millions across the nation, the mattress slept on can be problematic. Health and wellness experts recommend to those who have not checked their mattress to take a good look at it. Many believe that the lumps and sags in a mattress are natural and normal. However, they indicate that the mattress is likely worn out and ready to be replaced. Health and wellness experts suggest a good rule of thumb to follow is if your mattress is older than eight years it is time to replace it. Check your mattress before you get in bed tonight and see if you are ready for a new one. This simple change can have a great impact on your sleep immediately.

Establish a Bedtime Routine

Research suggests that a bedtime routine can be beneficial when trying to improve your sleep. Health and wellness experts advise that this routine should include light stretching, meditation, and other relaxing activities. It is also suggested that it should last no more than 20 minutes. The idea of the bedtime routine is simply to allow the body to relax prior to hitting the pillow. Start tonight giving yourself a routine which can help you get ready for bed.

There has never been a better time to begin making your sleep a priority.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Vacaville, Calif.

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