Sleep is essential. You don’t have any choice in the matter. It’s not like you can opt out of it to get a few more tasks done, work a little longer or stay out for a few extra hours. Not only is it essential in and of itself, but the quality of your sleep is important to. A good night’s sleep is important for your health, development and personal functioning. So how do you go about getting a good night’s rest?
Don’t Overwork Yourself
This is often easier said than done. So many of us find ourselves nodding off over our work, studies and even during our recreational time. The feeling of heavy eyelids and your head falling forward as you try to stay awake on public transport, mid-meeting or part way through a lesson is something that we’re all familiar with. However, it’s important that you get enough sleep that you don’t find yourself in these situations all too often. But how do you go about this? Well, set yourself a strict sleeping timetable. The average adult needs around eight hours of sleep a day. Set yourself a bedtime and a wake-up time eight hours later. No matter what chores need to be done or Netflix episodes left until you finish the series you’re watching, stick to your routine. When your bedtime is approaching, turn off your television, put your phone down and engage in relaxing activities. You’ll feel brighter and more awake the next day and have plenty of energy to do whatever it was that seems so urgent.
The key to a good night’s sleep? Your bed. Once you’ve bought your mattress, you often don’t think much about it again. Not until springs are poking out or you near enough sink to the floor as soon as you lie down on it. Your mattress shouldn’t get into this state before you consider replacing it. Guidelines say that you should replace your mattress around every eight years. That may seem like a long time, but it comes around faster than you might expect. When it comes to purchasing your new mattress, do you research. Sites such as betterbedsolutions.com can help massively with this.
It’s all well to have a comfortable bed. But the atmosphere that you drift off in is important too. A comfortable bed is no use if someone in the next room is playing heavy metal at full blast and your text tone is constantly going off in your ear. Make sure that your sleeping safe is calm and tranquil. If neighbors or housemates are proving a nuisance, politely let them know. Ask them if they can be a little quieter between certain times. It’s not an unreasonable request and if you don’t ask you don’t get. Turn your phone on to night mode. This will mute any notifications or calls, preventing you from waking up every time someone uploads a new photo or comments on one of your pictures. Give friends and relatives your home number, so they can still contact you if there are urgent issues or emergencies.
For more ideas on how to kick back and relax, why not read our article on beating stress, here.