Let’s face it sleep is pretty important. A day after a bad night can feel like trying to run through custard, and that is never a fun task. Sleep is not just about our energy levels. Sleep also helps our body to heal, supports our mental health and maintains healthy brain function.
Sleep is far more important than we ever give it credit. We owe it to ourselves to know how to improve the sleep we have. So if like us you want to sleep even better, then this is the article for you. Keep reading to find out 7 ways to sleep better tonight.
Work out if you slept enough last night
How did you sleep last night? If you didn’t sleep so great, try to avoid napping, as this can make your body feel worse, and stop you fully sleeping in the night. You can never get back lost sleep, but you can work towards a better night sleep.
There are an amazing array of apps that you can use to track your sleep, to help you keep on top of your sleep patterns.
How is your bedroom looking
No we have not gone all 60 minute makeover on you, but the way you feel about the space in which you sleep is very important. This room should be calm, inviting, not too hot, or too cold. If it is cluttered and untidy, that will not help either. Keeping the space tidy will really make a difference!
Most importantly of all, make sure you have a supportive mattress. Casper offers a soft and comfy memory foam mattress that allows you to evenly distribute body weight. This means your body is getting all the support it needs for a good night’s sleep and you can sleep better.
What did you do today?
Your activity, and day to day tasks will have a direct impact on how well you sleep. Have you ever had a really full on day outside, and gone on to have the best night sleep that you have ever had? Well fresh air and higher activity will help actually tire you out and make you more ready for sleep.
We are not suggesting that you fill your day with loads of extra tasks. Try and get some fresh air, perhaps get off the tube earlier, or take a walk at lunchtime.
Put your phone down
Our phones and in reality tablets and computer screens all kick out a lot of blue light. This disrupts the hormone in our body which controls how sleepy we feel. The melatonin is activated by the blue light and tells our body it is NOT time to sleep.
So putting your phone down for at least an hour before sleep is incredibly helpful in allowing us to sleep better.
Have a bath
We don’t need to tell you how great a bath is for your improving your chance of a great nights sleep. In case you do need us to tell you, head here.
Read a book
Reading is a great way to switch off your brain from the day you have had, and the thoughts that are in your head. It may sound silly but it will really help you prepare for sleep.
It is less important what you read, only that you pick a book and not a magazine. For reading material inspiration head here.
Don’t Overthink it
How many times have we all laid in bed willing ourselves to go to sleep, and for it not to come. Yes we can trick our mind out of sleeping by really overthinking it.
If you find yourself in this situation, mediation could help, or even trying to read again. Really the less you try, the easier sleep will come.