Have you been struggling to fall asleep at night? Maybe you’ve been tossing and turning for what seems like ages before you finally close your eyes for the night? Or maybe you’ve been waking up feeling more tired than revitalized? If so, you aren’t alone! Many people struggle to get a good night’s sleep, which your body needs to perform its best. Here are five tips to help you get a deeper, restful sleep that leaves you feeling energized and ready to tackle the day…
Make Your Bed Just for Sleeping
Research has shown that people with sleep problems who use their bed only for sleep have actually improved their quality of rest. Now, many of you probably already reserve your bed just for sleep. But there are many who actually find themselves working from bed with their laptops next to them. This isn’t exactly a great way to up your productivity and, as it turns out, it’s not great for your sleep either.
Try to keep your work outside of the bedroom if possible, so when you come into your room at night, you know it’s time to sleep. It also helps to make sure that your room is dark and cool at nighttime. Even the smallest amount of light can have an impact on your sleep. A slightly cooler temperature will also help you drift off to sleep without any trouble.
Use Affirmations to Calm Your Mind
It may sound a little silly if you don’t already incorporate affirmations into your daily life, but hear me out. Affirmations can play a huge role in helping you to change your mindset.
If you get into bed at night thinking you’re not going to get enough rest or that you’ll have a terrible night’s sleep, that’s exactly what will happen. Change your tune instead. Before you close your eyes at night, tell yourself: I will have a restful night’s sleep. Say it as many times as you need. Picture yourself falling to sleep with ease and waking up in the morning feeling refreshed and energized. Doesn’t that feel better already? Give it a try and see how your sleep improves.
Try Using Supplements
If you struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep, you may want to try using a supplement as a sleep aid. Take magnesium to help calm your mind and your body, which will make heading off to dreamland stress-free. You can also try incorporating valerian root or melatonin into your nightly routine, which are also great sleep aids.
Stick to a Schedule
If you’ve been having trouble falling asleep at night, let me ask you this: How is your sleep schedule? Have you been pulling a lot of all-nighters or sleeping in late? Unfortunately, that’s not conducive to a good night’s sleep.
Going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning can actually help improve your sleep. Creating a consistent routine will make it much easier for you and your body. Set a sleep schedule that works for you and allows you to get your eight hours in!
Quit Watching the Clock
While we typically keep our clocks on our bedside table, you may want to consider moving it. If you have trouble falling asleep, you probably open your eyes and check your clock to see how much time has passed. This will only leave you feeling frustrated that you still haven’t fallen asleep.
If this is something you struggle with, try moving your clock or at least turning it around so the numbers aren’t glowing in your face. You want to feel relaxed as you try to fall asleep, not stressed at how late it’s getting.
These tips are sure to help you have a restful, deep sleep. Try them tonight and see how refreshed you feel in the morning!