When was the last time that you had a good night’s sleep? How about the last time you felt light and comfortable as you woke up in the morning? Can’t remember having those feelings anymore? Well, you are not alone. More than a million of people on our planet suffer the same misery in sleeping.
An adult requires at least seven to eight hours of sleep per day. However, for older people, sleeping hours maybe shorter. If you consistently wake up feeling exhausted and still want to go back and lay on the bed, that’s a sign that you are having sleeping troubles.
Continuously living without enough sleep may put your health at risk. Your stamina will be lowered and your immune system will be down. In addition to that, you will experience frequent mood changes, memory loss and lack of concentration. Since you are always sleepy, even at work, you are also prone into any kind of accidents.
One of the good ways to combat sleeplessness is to make your bed comfortable for sleeping. It should be wide enough, the mattress and pillows should be soft enough, and you should have enough blankets and comforters with you. Such things matter in making a nice and comfy bed.
After setting-up your bed, you should check your sleeping environment as well. Your room’s ventilation should be adequate as well as the temperature should be on a right level. Not too cold, and not too hot. In addition, as much as possible, choose a room that is away from the streets to lessen the noise coming inside. In short, keep your room as quiet as possible.
If this is unavoidable, better use a fan, white noise or sound recordings that are calming and relaxing. On top of that, keep your room dark during sleeping hours. Put enough curtains or shade to avoid outside light sources, such as a street lamp, from coming inside your room. Turn off your computer monitor as well as your TV since those lights may confuse your body clock. You can also try using an eye mask for your eyes.
Now that you have a comfy bed and a nice room to sleep in, it is time that you adjust your activities before you sleep. Yes, there are certain activities that can help to prepare you in having an adequate night’s sleep. Even though you are stressed and tired, make an effort to relax yourself. Wind down and you’ll see that sleeping will come easier.
Consistently doing routines before bedtime that are relaxing will help in sending signals to your brain that it is time to fall asleep. Thus, have enough time to relax and have a quiet moment. You may listen to soft music, read light and entertaining materials or you may have a warm glass of milk or even a glass of wine.
The point is that you need to find what works for you and when you hit on something you need to make that your nightly ritual. Just as we do with our children, we may ask them to brush their take a bath, brush their teeth, then we read them a bedtime story before turning out the lights – and our children may have their special needs such as the bedroom door opened or closed or a night light, etc. We have to find our nighttime comfort zone and get in touch with it each night.