A lot of things can disrupt our sleeping patterns. Stress, anxiety, unusual work schedules, poor sleep environment, and much more. But not getting enough sleep or getting a poor quality of sleep does more than just exhaust us. It also has consequences for both our mental and physical health. You’re more likely to get sick when you’re not sleeping well, you’ll be more stressed, less able to focus at work, and more irritable.
If you’ve ever had sleep problems, then you’ll know how unpleasant it can be. We want to make sure everyone gets a good night’s rest every night, so we’ve got some tips to help you improve your quality of sleep.
Set the scene
Your sleep environment is really important, too. If your bedroom is too hot, too cold, too bright, or too noisy, then you’ll probably find it more difficult to fall asleep. Assess your sleep environment to see if any external factors could be affecting your sleep. It might be an old, lumpy mattress, a gap in your drapes, or noise from traffic outside your window. Try to improve your environment for a better night’s sleep.
Get into a routine
If you work Monday to Friday, then you probably enjoy staying up a bit later at the weekends and staying in bed longer in the mornings. But this is disrupting your sleep schedule more than you realize. If you always wake up and go to sleep at a similar time, then your body and its circadian rhythms will get used to it, making it easier for you to fall asleep and wake up at those times.
Try not to take naps during the day as this can make it more difficult to get to sleep at night. And there are certain things you should avoid doing late at night so that they don’t disrupt your sleep:
- Drinking caffeine
- Drinking alcohol
- Eating sugary or heavy food
- Staring at screens that emit blue light
If you’re feeling stressed or anxious about anything, then this can also prevent you from falling asleep easily at night. If this is something you struggle with, then try to create a relaxing night time schedule. You could take a relaxing shower or bath in the evening, read a book before bed, or meditate before you go to bed. Receiving massages on a regular basis can also help you destress and improve your sleep.
If you’re having sleep problems, then why not find out if a relaxing massage could help you? At Moonstone Massage, we offer lots of different massage types in Winston Salem, NC. Get in touch to find out more.