Everyone has trouble sleeping on occasion. But for some people, these problems become a nightly occurrence. And that consistent lack of sleep leaves them feeling groggy, unfocused, and lethargic throughout the day.
Easy Ways to Improve Your Sleep
Feel better all day after getting great sleep all night
If you are one of these people, start to improve your sleep one step at a time; we’ve got five steps outlined below:
1. Make Bedtime All About Sleeping
Lots of people go to bed long before they plan on going to sleep. They will spend some time watching TV, reading a book, or working on a tablet before hopefully drifting off to sleep. As common as this behavior is, it actually makes it harder to get to sleep. You are basically stimulating your brain right when you should be telling it to rest. Instead, focus on sleep as soon as you get into bed, and eliminate as many distractions as possible. Then stick to this routine nightly.
2. Sleep and Wake on the Same Day
If you wake up on Wednesday morning, you should be back in bed by Wednesday night. Many people have a bad habit of staying up too late. In general, you can control when you go to sleep but not when you wake up because you have to be at work or school by a certain time. For better sleep, make sure you’re giving yourself enough time to get 7+ hours of deep sleep.
3. Wake Up at the Same Time
Standardizing the time you wake up each day can help your body get into a natural sleep rhythm. As you become used to the routine, your body will start to get tired at the same time each night and will naturally encourage you to get a healthy amount of sleep. Plus, you will start to wake up faster and easier because your body knows that it’s time to get out of bed. Tweet this
4. Help Yourself Rest
A surprising number of people have bedrooms that are too bright, beds that are too small (have you tried a handmade mattress?), sheets that are scratchy, or pillows that are lumpy. All of these little details make it harder for you to get sustained, deep sleep. Focus on what is keeping you up at night and determine if there are any small changes you can make to turn your bed/bedroom into a more restful environment.
5. Eliminate Caffeine and Alcohol
Your afternoon coffee or soda could be what’s making it hard to sleep at night due to the stimulating effects of caffeine staying in your system. And the glass of wine you have with dinner or nightcap before bed might make it easier to get to sleep, but it will reduce the quality of your sleep. Simply avoid them both.
If you’re looking for a more natural approach to falling asleep, read up on our “Natural Ways to Fall Asleep and Stay Asleep.”
Get Better Sleep with the Help of Beloit Mattress
If you take all of these steps, and you still have trouble getting to sleep, it might be time to invest in a new mattress. Even if you are exhausted, sleeping on a worn out mattress can be a challenge. Our handmade, factory-direct mattresses are designed using the latest sleep science research as well as engineered specifically to help you get better sleep. Find all the best options at Beloit Mattress, and consult our free Mattress Buying Guide to help you find the right option for you: