What’s a Sleep Routine?

At Mattress For Less, we are all about trying to help you get the sleep you need. In many cases, a new mattress can work wonders — curing you of your temporary insomnia. However, even though we believe in the power of a good mattress, there are other factors that can affect the quality and quantity of sleep.

Those factors can include the environment of your bedroom and if it truly is conducive for sleep, and your nightly bedroom routine. Today, we are going to give you tips for creating a sleep routine that could help you fall asleep faster and sleep longer.

Four Ways to Create An Evening Ritual

Stay On Schedule

If you are busy like many of us, it can be difficult to have a regular schedule, especially if you are trying to get the most out of your day. However, your work ethic or social life might be keeping you from sleeping. All of our bodies have an internal clock, scientifically referred to as a circadian rhythm. By going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning, our bodies naturally begin to shut down and are ready for sleep at night and ready to wake up in the morning.

Learn How to Relax

As part of your sleep routine, you may want to consider how you can best wind down from your day. Many like to read before bed and some will opt for a relaxing candle-lit bath or drink a soothing cup of tea before bed. Learn how you unwind and make a point to do it every night. We suggest avoiding the TV, phone, and tablet before bed, as the blue light from the screen will signal your body that it is time to wake up.

Put Technology to Bed

The blue-light that our phones and other screens emit can keep us from getting the sleep we need, because it mimics the light that is meant to wake us up in the mornings. Though it can be fun to take one last scroll through Facebook or to check out your friend’s Snapchat stories, time spent with technology right before bed might be keeping you up. Turn off all screens thirty minutes to an hour before your bedtime to help your brain and body slow down and be ready for sleep.

Be Mindful of Your Eating Schedule

Eating right before bed might also be impacting the Z’s that you are getting. Indigestion can be a culprit for midnight insomnia. However, an empty stomach can also keep you up. Usually, it is recommended that you eat 2 hours or more before bedtime to give your belly enough time to digest your food.

Additionally, it is best to be mindful of what you are eating. Eating sugary foods or imbibing stimulants such as caffeine or alcohol can greatly impact your sleep. Indulging earlier in the day can keep you from laying awake and counting sheep later.

To get the sleep you need, create a bedtime ritual using some of the suggestions above, and be sure to shop Mattress For Less in Waterbury, Newington, or Wallingford for the mattress that is perfect for your sleeping needs.