6 Ways to Get a Better Night's Sleep
It’s rejuvenating. Refreshing. Relieving. Sleep is nature’s way of recharging our bodies and minds. It’s essential to our well-being. Getting a full 7 to 9 hours restores our energy and gives a boost to the immune and nervous systems. Follow these tips to ensure you’re getting a complete and restful night of sleep.
- Establish a pattern. Get your body accustomed to going to bed and waking up at the same time. If your body is prepared for rest at the same time each night, you’ll wind down quicker and fall asleep easier.
- Keep hydrated. Drinking water throughout the day will help flush any toxins out of your body and give your immune system the tools it needs to better protect your body. Dehydration can easily affect sleep patterns.
- Exercise. Regular physical activity will help regulate sleep. Exercising can also help maintain sleep, ensuring you won’t wake up in the middle of the night. To get a full night of rest, hit the gym and you’ll find extra comfort when you hit the sheets.
- Meditate. Before you get ready for bed, take some time to clear your mind. Release any anxiety or stress that’s accumulated throughout the day. You can avoid the never ending sheep-counting scenario by freeing up your mind before you snooze. Read, make a to-do list for the next day, or listen to music to get yourself in the right headspace.
- Ditch all the gadgets and gizmos. Clear your immediate sleep area of electronics. Digital clocks and late-night phone notifications can keep you awake. Avoid devices with charge lights and bright screens to get your room ready for rest.
- Find the right scent. Add a soothing fragrance to your pillows or sheets or take a warm bath with lavender oil. Lavender and other light scents help relax your body and help you sleep longer.