April 16, 2017
Whether you find it hard to fall asleep or not, know that the attention we give our lifestyle habits is essential in order to get a good night’s sleep. Some people are sensitive to caffeine or light, whereas others can fall asleep in the arms of Morpheus in just a few minutes. What if we made sure the odds were in our favour? Here at 10 tips that will guarantee you sweet dreams!
- Invest in a good bed
It’s only obvious that our bed is our best ally when it comes to our sleeping routine. When was the last time you updated your gear? Make sure your mattress is comfortable and that your pillows are adequate (and stay away from feathers if you’re allergic!)
- Prioritize healthy eating
Stay away from heavy late night meals and take care of what’s on your plate. Digestion has a huge impact on the quality of your sleep.
- Avoid naps
Even though you feel the need to rest during the day, resist the temptation. Napping can disrupt your sleeping schedule and therefore make it harder for your body to fall asleep or remain asleep. If you really need a nap, limit it to 15 minutes!
- Think about your decor
It is a known fact that colourful and bright walls can sometimes cause you to not fall asleep, and that calmer colours (blue, green, yellow) should be prioritized. Do not be scared of investing in good quality curtains that will block the light from coming in, and definitely invest in good bedsheets. These little details will accumulate and will allow your body to have a good night of sleep.
- Maintain a consistent sleep schedule
Try your best to wake up at the same time every morning in order to allow your body to adapt and to know when to expect fatigue. The time you go to bed should be consistent too.
- Decrease your exposure to light at night
Are you the type of person to look at your phone or your computer at night right before going to bed? It’s the most common mistake nowadays! It’s recommended to diminish the amount of lights we are exposed to at least an hour before sleeping, and to stay away from electronics a few hours before. Most phones now have a light diminishing feature, so if you have to use your phone, turn that feature on!
- Do not force sleep
If you are insomniac and are constantly moving in bed, it means that it is time to relax somewhere else, either in another room or on the couch. Try to not stay on your bed more than 20 minutes if you are unable to sleep, and fatigue will come more naturally.
- Try meditation or yoga at night
It is obvious that jogging or running can stimulate the body and the spirit, and therefore make it harder to fall asleep. If you like to workout at night, try less intense workouts, such as yoga or tai-chi, or even meditation if you want to calm the spirit.
- Don’t look at the time
Looking at the time constantly can easily become stressful and therefore cause even more insomnia. Hide your alarm clock and your electronics far from the bed in order to avoid distractions and disconnect.
- Avoid stimulants at night
Lower your alcohol and caffeine consumption as soon as possible, especially at night if you want to prioritize better sleep.
* This article is brought to you by Pottery Barn with the help of the Sleep Foundation.