Six tricks that can help you sleep better this year
By ESTHER MUCHENE | 2 months ago
Restless nights and insomnia are some of the things that can ruin your next day.
There are days when sleep comes easy but there are also times when it’s hard to get some shut eye, leaving you wondering what the problem could be.
There are many reasons why you might be struggling to snooze. What is clear though are the effects of not getting enough sleep such as increased stress and lowered productivity.
Before rushing to your doctor, it wouldn’t hurt to identify triggers that are causing you to stay up all night.
Could you be stressed over mortgage payments or a loan? Are you failing exams? Or is your screen time keeping your mind active?
Whatever the case may be, look into yourself and chances are you will discover one or two areas that may be the cause.
That said, to get the maximum rest you can consider trying these tips and tricks.
1.Live an active lifestyle
Always ensure you wake up with a productive outlook on life. You can start off your day by getting your work or assignments done then include other activities like jogging and exercising as a way of utilizing the energy you have.
At the end of the day, your body will signal that it needs some rest and you’ll fall asleep faster as compared to the days when you haven’t been active.
Keep your daily life busy and you will gradually see positive changes in your body’s response.
2.Create a consistent sleep schedule
Having a consistent sleeping routine will help you sleep better and add you some amazing health benefits too.
You will feel rested and ready to tackle the day ahead and you probably won’t have a tough time resisting the snooze button.
Some of the other health benefits you will be getting are reduced risk of mental health problems such as anxiety.
Train your body to adjust to sleeping early according to your schedule so you can get the complete number of hours you need.
3.Adopt the best relaxation techniques
Being relaxed before bed is a sure way to help you sleep better.
On those days when your body just isn’t eager to sleep, you will need a quick boost which could include dimming the lights, playing relaxing music, listening to a nature sound playlist or using aromatherapy as a way of calming your mind and body.
Find what techniques work best for you and have them as your sleep emergency kit.
4.Journal your days
Stress is one of the culprits that keeps sleep away. It can make it harder for you to sleep and cause night interruptions often.
Giving yourself some emotional clarity at the end of the day can ensure you always have good quality sleep, at least most of the time.
Through journaling, you will release some of the stress you might have piled up and prepare yourself for a good night’s rest.
Some habits may hinder you from getting better sleep. If you’re guilty of switching on your laptop to catch the latest episodes when you know it’s already past your bedtime, drinking coffee or a lot of water before bed or scrolling through social media when you should be keeping your device away, is asking for trouble.
These habits overt time will cause some serious damage to your mental and physical health and that is not something you would want to invite into your life.
You should start prioritizing your sleep and be strict with your schedule.
A great trick that will help you is ensuring you have a comfortable mattress and pillows.
Check whether your mattress is okay and start budgeting for a new one if the one you have is worn out.
For the pillows, choose those that aren’t too thick or too flat because both can cause problems and reduce the quality of your sleep.
Once you’re comfortable, you won’t experience the same sleep troubles that come as a result of back and neck pain. You will sleep better and wake up feeing refreshed every morning.
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