3 Sleeping Tips to Get You Feeling Like Your Best Self
There are all kinds of evidence out there that a good night’s sleep on the best mattress is just about the best thing you can do for your body. Sure, it’s important to eat right, exercise, and live a balanced life. But science over and over again confirms that sleep is the most vital part of the health equation. There are both long term and short term benefits to getting at least seven hours of sleep on your best mattress. Sometimes though this is easier said than done. We have jobs, we have kids, we have friends, and then there are emails… so many emails. With that in mind, it can be hard to find the quality time on your best mattress. We’ve shown you some tips on how to eat better, and drink better on the NECTAR blog with respect to your sleep. But what about simple solutions that you can try now? We’ve compiled a list of three tips recommended by sleep experts across the board to leave you feeling refreshed and ready to face whatever tomorrow brings. These are tried and true techniques from the leaders in the sleep industry. So if you find yourself unable to doze off, read up and learn something. Your body will thank you later.
Realize How Much Sleep Is Enough
There is some variance on how much sleep a human body needs. But usually you’ll fall somewhere between seven and nine hours. Occasionally there are people who need less than this. But sleep scientists believe that this represents less than ten percent of the total population. Long story short: if you aren’t getting at least seven hours of sleep, then you probably aren’t getting enough. Not only that, but your body will go into sleep debt, meaning that you’ll have to make that time up at some point. The best way to figure out if you’re getting enough sleep is to let your body tell you. If you wake up without the use of an alarm clock, feeling refreshed and revitalized, then you’re probably getting enough. If not, then try going to bed earlier! It’s simple, but an effective way to fight the fatigue.
Schedule Bedtime — and Rest Time Too.
It’s important to go to bed on time at the same time every night. This helps your body get into cool down mode, signalling certain processes to start that will gear your body down for sleep. It takes the average person at least a half hour to go from resting in bed to full-on sleep, so make sure that you’re scheduling out a little extra time to get ready for bed at night. Your body will thank you!
If You Can’t Sleep, Don’t Sweat it!
If you find yourself lying in bed, stressed that you aren’t getting enough rest, then don’t just sit there and dwell on it — get up! The stress of insomnia can sometimes keep your body from the rest that it craves, so try to trick your brain into thinking it’s bedtime by doing some reading under a low wattage bulb, do some stretches, listen to some music. Then as you feel yourself drifting off, allow your body to take over. It sounds simple, but this is a tried and true method that’s been used for years. Have any other sleep tips that you want to share? Give us a shout on the NECTAR blog in the comments section. We’d love to hear from you!