Do you wish you could sleep better at night, but don’t know what to do about it? Losing a good night’s sleep can severely impact your performance the following day. However, in many cases, there are some simple things we can do to increase the quality of our rest without having to resort prescription sleep aids. Here are some ideas that may help you to fall asleep faster and stay asleep throughout the night.
Sleep in the Dark
Studies are showing that light, especially light in the blue wave spectrum, is especially disruptive to sleep. Keep your room as dark as possible when it is time to sleep. Turn off televisions, and even alarm clocks with bright displays. Get heavier shades to block out the light from those street lamps outside your bedroom window. Your body needs darkness to sleep, and even soft light can interrupt your sleep patterns during the night.
Develop a Relaxing Pre-sleep Routine
Spend time winding down before bedtime. Don’t try going to sleep right after fighting to balance the checkbook, or watching a particularly violent or disturbing movie or television show. Take a walk, read a book, or even take a bath.
Turning down the lights in your house a couple of hours before bedtime can signal your body to start producing the melatonin you will need to fall asleep. Whatever your routine is, just make sure that it is relaxing and conducive to falling asleep.
Have a Comfortable Bed
Investing in a good mattress and a comfortable set of sheets can do wonders to increase the quality of your sleep. Have you ever read the story of the princess and the pea? Well, that story might be a little bit of an exaggeration, but there is some truth in how the comfort level of your bed affects your sleep. Find a mattress that fits your optimal comfort needs. It will be worth the investment.
Tips for Better Sleep with RLS
Restless Leg Syndrome can really do a number on your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. Here are some tips that might help those suffering from this condition to get a better night’s sleep.
Take a hot bath with Epsom salts.
Some doctors and patients have found that relaxing the leg muscles prior to bed have helped to alleviate symptoms.
Do some simple leg and calf stretches.
You don’t want to do any aggressive exercises right before bedtime, but some simple stretching of the hamstrings and calves have been shown to help.
Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine
Not all together, but avoiding alcohol and caffeine after the noon hour can relieve many RLS symptoms at bedtime. Actually avoiding alcohol and caffeine in the afternoon is great for everyone, even those not suffering from RLS
Find What Works For You
Keep a log or diary of what you did prior to getting really good night’s sleep, and repeat it. Also take a note of your activities and diet prior to a night in which you have difficulty falling or staying asleep. With a little patience, you should be able to develop a routine that works for you.