5 Steps for a Good Night's Sleep!
Everyone wants to sleep well with a quality mattress. But despite that, most people don’t. The reasons are many; however, a lack of understanding of the basic steps for getting a good night’s sleep tops the list.
For most people, modern life is a mish mash of appointments and assorted obligations that must be met – usually within a timeframe that leaves no room for mistakes. The daily grind, coupled with personal and professional stress is enough to induce a permanent case of insomnia.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Certainly there are some people with sleeping disorders that are only going to find relief under the care of a medical professional. Fortunately, most people with difficulty sleeping don’t fall into that category. Usually, a few environmental changes will tip the balance in favor of a good night’s sleep. And it’s not that difficult to achieve.
Here are the 5 steps for a good night’s sleep that everyone needs to know:
- Avoid alcohol, tobacco, caffeine and chocolate later in the day. Alcohol may act as a nervous system depressant, but it also has a high frequency of contributing to restlessness and associated sleeping problems. Stimulants like caffeine are an obvious offender, but many people don’t realize that chocolate contains caffeine and can be a detriment as well. Tobacco use is tricky due to associated addiction issues that can lead to sleep problems regardless of whether a person consumes or abstains. Some foods have also been known to inhibit sleep or cause vivid or disturbing dreams.
- Create an environment that is conducive to sleep. For many people, bedrooms have come to resemble more of a multi-media hub than sleep center. To help set a sleep inducing environment, get rid of the electronic distractions – televisions, phones, computers and other devices – that may be cutting into your sleep cycles. Add soft lighting and soothing colors to the décor to aid relaxation.
- Make sure you have a comfortable bed that provides proper support. Today, options ranging from memory foam and latex foam to high-tech air mattresses provide viable alternatives to traditional innerspring mattresses that can be a source of sleep impeding discomfort.
- Establish a routine and stick to it. The human body is geared toward set schedules. We function best when consistency is observed – sleep is no exception. Make sure you devote enough time to get a proper night’s sleep – most experts recommend about eight hours for adults – and go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. Once your body becomes acclimated to the schedule, sleep will come easier.
- Make sure an appropriate temperature is observed. Experts maintain that the human body sleeps best at a room temperature of between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, yet most people prefer a cozier environment. That additional comfort, however, may be stealing hours of rest.