While we all now understand the impact that our quality of sleep has on our overall health, it has taken quite some time for us to accumulate all this information, to form a structured basis that encapsulates all that accumulated information into an ongoing awareness and in-depth understanding of sleep and how it impacts our lives. From the highest rated beds in 2019 , to the best essential oil scents to help you make the most of your shut eye every night, the importance of sleep continues to be driven home more and more all the time these days.
We have now reached the point where it is abundantly clear that sleep is instrumental for a healthy quality of life, in all aspects. So, what can we do to ensure that we get a good night’s sleep, every night? There are so many tips and tricks, but at the end of the day, there are four that form the pillars of the point. Each of them are important in their own way, and so it is important to try to incorporate as many of them as possible into our sleep habits, whenever needed or even recommended.
Alarms to regulate sleep
Believe it or not, setting an alarm is the best thing you can do for your sleeping pattern. While we have all had those annoying wake ups from our alarms, getting into the routine of having a recurring alarm set for a specific time, and ensuring that you stick to that alarm and actually get up the first time it goes off (rather than snoozing the alarm multiple times), can make the world of difference. This is an especially important point to drive home for those who are not typically “morning people”. It is important to fight through that morning haze and go through your morning routine once the alarm goes off, so that you can turn a task into a healthy habit that, soon enough, becomes second nature.
One of the most difficult parts of falling asleep can often be the fact that our senses often go into overdrive as we try to fall asleep. The use of essential oils allows for a calming aroma to drift around you, and using scents like lavender goes a long way towards helping the mind to naturally wind down at the end of the day.
No screen time before bed
Going to sleep can be difficult if you are going to spend time on your phone once you go to bed – and especially once you turn off the light. While being in a dark room typically initiates the “down time” function of the brain, if you have a bright device light in your face, it achieves quite the opposite. Bright lights tend to set the brain on high alert, and this can and does often make it a challenge to go to sleep because while your body might be ready to sleep, your mind gets distracted and wants to keep you awake. So, no screen time before bed.
We all know the irritation that comes with trying to sleep in an environment that is too cold or too hold. Having temperature control while you are trying to fall asleep can mean the difference between a fractured night’s sleep and a sound sleeping pattern, because not only does a desirable temperature feel more comfortable for the body to relax, but it also gives the mind less to think about as it lulls itself to sleep.