Getting enough sleep is vital if you want to be healthy and energized in your everyday life. Most people need between seven and nine hours sleep a night and there are certain steps you can take to make sure that you get the right amount of sleep for you. If you don’t take these steps you stand the chance of not getting the length and quality of sleep you need. This can make you tired and irritable when you are awake and can lead to problems with your health.
One of the most important aspects of helping you to get the right amount of sleep is the bed you sleep on. Experts like the thesleepjudge.com can give you advice about items such as mattresses, to help make your sleeping environment more comfortable. It’s not just about the bed you sleep on though; here are some other issues you need to think about in order to maximize the length and quality of your sleep time.
Limit the amount of light
You may not think it but light can have quite an effect on your sleep. This is because light stimulates your brain and makes it thinks that it’s ready for activity. You don’t want this to happen when you are trying to get to sleep. Light also helps to suppress the production of melatonin; this is the hormone in your body that helps you to recognize when it’s dark and you should sleep. You can see why having light in the room when you are trying to sleep is not a good idea. The blue light that comes from computers and your TV is especially bad so you should not use these electrical devices as you are falling asleep.
Adopt the right habits before you sleep
One of the most important things to remember is that it’s not a good idea to eat a big meal close to bedtime. It’s also not a good idea to drink caffeine within three hours of going to sleep. Once you go to sleep try to make sure the room is completely dark. If you cannot accomplish this then it’s a good idea to wear an eye mask to bed.
Get natural light during the day
We have said that the presence of light at night is not conducive to helping you get to sleep and have an uninterrupted night’s sleep. Conversely it is important that you access natural light during the day. If you make sure to spend at least fifteen minutes of each day outside in natural light your brain more readily recognizes the day/night pattern making it easier for you to sleep when the time comes.
If you have problems falling asleep then hopefully out tips will help. It’s also important to remember that if you can’t fall asleep it’s often better to just do something relaxing and try not to think about trying to sleep. You’re more likely to eventually fall asleep if you do this than you are if you just lie there tossing and turning.
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