Welcome back to the Mattress For Less blog! Getting the sleep we need is a must, because sleep can affect every area of our life. From weight gain, emotional health, and energy levels, the implications of sleep deprivation are great. That is why getting the sleep you need should be a priority. However, it isn’t just the number of hours of sleep of night that can affect your health; it is also the quality of your sleep. Today, on the Mattress For Less blog, we’re going to look at how you can get better sleep.
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5 Ways to Get Better Sleep
There are a lot of factors that contribute to the number of hours of sleep we receive as well as the quality of sleep we get. If you are ready to feel more rested, healthier, and happier, try these tips.
Stick to the Same Schedule
We understand that life happens and that it can be difficult to keep a consistent schedule. However, to improve the quality of your sleep, keep to the same sleep schedule: go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. Your body will get used to the routine and it will naturally be easier to get up, fall asleep because you had more and better quality of sleep.
Think About What You Eat & Drink
What you put into your body can have a profound effect on your sleep. Nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol can all keep you up or wake you up during the night. However, it isn’t just these chemicals that can make it hard to sleep. Going to bed stuffed or hungry can make it hard to sleep. It is always best to eat a sufficient meal and to avoid behavior-altering chemicals a few hours before bed.
You may think that you can sleep anywhere. However, are you really getting the best sleep? Your environment can have a profound effect on your sleep. Light exposure and especially lit screens can make sleep difficult. Adding room-darkening shades, avoiding the TV and phone, and using earplugs as well as a fan can all have a profound effect on your sleep patterns. Create a peaceful, cool, dark space to sleep and see the positive difference it makes.
Limit Daytime Naps
Daytime naps can be just what you need to get through the day. However, they can also have a negative effect on your nighttime sleep — creating a vicious cycle of sleep deprivation. If you have to nap during the day, limit napping to once for 30 minutes, and avoid taking a nap late in the day.
Make Time For Physical Activity
Working out or even going for a walk can have profound effects on your sleep. Not only does physical activity cause your body to crave sleep, when you workout your body creates chemicals that can enhance the quality of your sleep. Though it can be difficult during the winter months in Waterbury and the surrounding areas, spend a short amount of time outside — this can help lift your mood and regulate your inner clock — which can help you sleep better.