Sleep is something that is absolutely essential to the health and overall function of the human body. It provides an opportunity for our minds and bodies to rest, heal and regenerate, and without it, we’re pretty much useless, not to mention going too long without sleep can literally kill you.
Despite the significance of sleep and what it offers to us, there are plenty of folks who are unable to get a solid night’s sleep for a variety of reasons. Sleeping poorly is incredibly frustrating, yet it affects a lot of us.
I thought I would offer some tips from Healthline.com that describe some ways in which we can try and get a more restful sleep. Check it out.
- “Daily sunlight or artificial bright light can improve sleep quality and duration, especially if you have severe sleep issues or insomnia.
- Blue light tricks your body into thinking it’s daytime. There are several ways you can reduce blue light exposure in the evening.
- Caffeine can significantly worsen sleep quality, especially if you drink large amounts in the late afternoon or evening.
- Long daytime naps may impair sleep quality. If you have trouble sleeping at night, stop napping or shorten your naps.
- Try to get into a regular sleep/wake cycle — especially on the weekends. If possible, try to wake up naturally at a similar time every day.
- A melatonin supplement is an easy way to improve sleep quality and fall asleep faster. Take 1–5 mg around 30–60 minutes before heading to bed.
- Several supplements, including lavender and magnesium, can help with relaxation and sleep quality when combined with other strategies.
- Avoid alcohol before bed, as it can reduce nighttime melatonin production and lead to disrupted sleep patterns.
- Optimize your bedroom environment by eliminating external light and noise to get better sleep.
- Consuming a large meal before bed can lead to poor sleep and hormone disruption. However, certain meals and snacks a few hours before bed may help.
- Relaxation techniques before bed, including hot baths and meditation, may help you fall asleep.
- There are many common conditions that can cause poor sleep, including sleep apnea. See a healthcare provider if poor sleep is a consistent problem in your life.
- Your bed, mattress, and pillow can greatly affect sleep quality and joint or back pain. Try to buy a high quality bedding — including a mattress — every 5–8 years.
- Regular exercise during daylight hours is one of the best ways to ensure a good night’s sleep,” the web page states.
Here’s hoping some of these suggestions can help you to get a better night’s sleep.