You get to sleep at night, and you wake up after around 7-8 hours. How are you feeling? While you may have rested through the night, did you really stay asleep for the whole night, or did you find yourself tossing and turning?
Quality sleep is key to a healthy life. It impacts everything from our weight to our moods, so making sure your night sleep is actually restful is key to an overall happy life. If you haven’t been sleeping well, here are some tips to help ensure you get the sleep you need:
The comfort of your bed is paramount
Where you sleep can truly impact the quality rest you’ll get. From the mattress you sleep on to the comfort you use, the details of your bed can make a difference in your nighttime sleep. If you find that it’s hard to get comfortable at night and your bed doesn’t feel inviting, invest in the best options for your specific needs.
Shop around for the best mattress online and don’t be afraid to spend money on sheets that feel like butter. Your sleep is worth it.
Block out the light
If you’re sensitive to light outside, you may need some curtains that block out the little, tiny specks that seep in through blinds, etc. Blackout curtains are some people’s favorite as they do an excellent job at keeping the light out at night, whether you have neighbors who keep their lights on or a street light that shines right outside your window.
Those with light sensitivity are prone to restless sleep if there is any light getting in the room, so a completely dark space is key to quality sleep in scenarios like this.
Use blue light glasses before bed
We tend to watch movies before bed or catch some of our favorite shows. For many people, this habit is relaxing and helps us forget the stress of the day. That is all well and good, but if you love your nighttime shows, it’s best to invest in some blue light glasses to protect against the effects of screens that make it hard for you to switch off and get some sleep at night.
Start a nightly routine
A nighttime routine can help you to drift off to sleep when it’s time to go to bed. Whether it’s a cup of tea with a good book the last hour before you turn off the lights or its meditation and a gratitude journal to unwind from a long day, having a nightly routine can help you “trick your mind” into relaxing, and this calming effect can help you sleep throughout the night. Avoid tea with caffeine before bed.
Additionally, schedule your workouts at least 4 hours before your bedtime, as working out too close to your time to sleep could make it hard.
If you really want to stay asleep throughout the night, you may need to consider melatonin or other sleep supplements, if all the other tips and tricks aren’t doing it for you. While you may wonder if they have any adverse effects on you, when you choose natural supplements, you can expect a more relaxed experience than you would if you took sleep meds. Speak to your health provider about what could work best for you.
Your sleep is important, so whether it’s as simple as a nighttime routine or it’s about investing in a new bed, take time to figure out what would work best for you. Your quality of sleep is good for your health. You’re worth the investment!
Amber is the proud mother to four beautiful children, Damian (27), Rosaleigh (13), Carlyn (10), Naomi (7), and a wife to her loving husband, Chancellor. Her family also includes four cats.
She loves being a stay-at-home mom and feels blessed to be able to care for her children full-time and provide them with so many opportunities through Metro Detroit Mommy. In addition to Metro Detroit Mommy, Amber has a passion for hosting karaoke and trivia with L Sharp Productions. She enjoys the Metro Detroit nightlife especially, singing, dancing and meeting new people.