Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

How Well Do You Sleep?

Getting a good night’s sleep is important. When it comes to being healthy and happy your sleep patterns count more than you realize. When you don’t sleep enough you become tired, cranky, moody, and just plain lazy and this is why you can’t get things done.

Here are 7 Helpful Hints on Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

1 – Know how much sleep you need.
Your goal should be to sleep around 7 or 8 hours each night. The amount of sleep you require varies depending upon your own personal needs. Some people can manage on just 4 or 5 hours per night while others cannot.

2 – Establish a regular routine.
One good plan of action is to just start going to bed and getting up at the same time each day. When your body gets used to a certain routine, it becomes much easier to stick to falling asleep at the same time each night.

3 – Check the temperature of your bedroom.
You should sleep in a cool bedroom and if possible you may want to leave your bedroom window open a crack.

Cooler temperatures remind your body that the sun has gone down and it’s time to sleep.

4 – Sleep in a dark room.
For the same reason, it’s important to keep your bedroom dark. Your bedroom should be dark enough and you should use blinds or drapes that close and help darken the room.

5 – Get a comfortable mattress.
If you cannot fall asleep each night then you want to check that your mattress is comfortable. Sleeping on an old or too soft mattress is not recommended. Your mattress should be firm enough that it provides your body with support while you sleep.

6 – Keep it quiet.
If you wake up during the night because of noise levels is there any way you can reduce or eliminate them? If you are travelling, bring earplugs to increase your chances of getting a good night’s sleep in a strange place.

7 – Take care of your mental health.
People who are dealing with depression are often sleep deprived. One of the first questions they are asked by their doctor is regarding their sleep patterns.

If you find that you constantly wake up after a few hours you want to try and see why this is happening. Are you waking up because of a noise or because you are too warm? If you can identify the distraction it will be much easier to try and fix it.

If you are not sure why this happens you may need to take a deeper look at the things that are going on in your life. It is possible that you may be stressed out or worrying about something. When these problems spill over into your sleep patterns, then it becomes a more serious situation.

Determine to make getting a good night’s sleep a priority in your life.

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