The Importance of Sleep and Tips For Getting Your Best Sleep
In today’s world of smartphones, movie streaming, and social media, it can feel impossible to get in a full night’s sleep every night. By the time you’re done working a full day, going to the gym and cooking dinner, you have but a few precious hours to yourself. Getting lost in funny cat videos on YouTube for 2 hours can really derail even the best sleep intentions.
So, how does one achieve true sleep euphoria by getting 7-9 hours recommended for adults by the National Sleep Foundation? Check out our tips below and you might be surprised by how a few small changes can rock your snooze-filled world.
Don’t take your phone to bed.
I know it can seem like an impossible task, but since making the switch, I now average almost 8 hours of sleep a night. Previously, I was averaging closer to 6 hours. Each night when I finally make the decision to go to bed, by leaving my phone in the living room, I know I’m actually going to bed once I get under the covers. I read actual books more, snuggle with the pups and my husband agrees that it is one of the best decisions we’ve made. Try it! It might seem a difficult habit to break at first, but if you need some quick inspiration and motivation, check out these useful tips.
You might need to reconsider your mattress type.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent the majority of your life sleeping on hand-me-down mattresses of unknown ages. My husband and I slept on an extremely uncomfortable mattress for years because we thought we couldn’t afford a new mattress. It took spending the night at a friend’s house on a new mattress–and sleeping better than we had in years–to realize we couldn’t afford not to get a new mattress.
If you decide that your mattress type may be hindering your sleep (is it too firm? Can you feel every spring? Do you sink uncomfortably in it?), you may need to do some research to find the right mattress type for your comfort needs.
Try some natural remedies–and little bit of mindfulness.
While yoga and meditation are known to reduce stress and improve overall wellbeing, a lesser known fact is that there are also benefits to practicing yoga at night–including helping you get a more restful sleep by engaging the parasympathetic nervous system to “begin the relaxation process” and reduce mind chatter.
There are also countless apps available to assist you through a guided meditation that will help put you in a deep sleep. A little bit of bed time yoga and some hot herbal chamomile or lemon balm tea can help you achieve blissful slumber.
While you’re at it, let’s upgrade that bedding.
When’s the last time you bought nice sheets? Like sheets over 1,000 thread count? Believe it or not, but upgrading to luxurious bedding can make going to bed one of the most exciting parts of the day. Sliding into cool sheets in a dark bedroom after a hot summer day can be soothing and help you relax quicker.
They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing.
Being consistent with your sleep allows your circadian rhythm to operate at its peak. This means you wake up well rested and ready to take on the day, and it can also do wonders for your skin, or wreak havoc if you’re not getting sufficient sleep.
While you’re sleeping, your skin cells regenerate and your facial muscles that create lines are able to relax. It turns out ‘beauty sleep’ is actually a thing we need. In addition to a regular skincare routine, proper hydration, exfoliation, and occasional professional care, sleep can help keep your skin balanced and healthy.
So for the next time you’re pulling an all-nighter or planning to party until the sun comes back, consider the many benefits of getting restful sleep, and reasons why you should try to get your best sleep regularly.
There is no amount of coffee or caffeinated drink that will replenish your energy levels or restore the sleep you’ve lost. Remember these tips when you’re feeling unmotivated and need some guidance on how to get your best sleep.
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