How to Achieve Good Sleep

15/03/2012

good sleep tips

Good sleep is integral to your health and wellbeing. Your body needs proper sleep to function at its best. Therefore, if you want to make the most of your day and feel great, obtaining a good night sleep on a regular basis is essential to maintain emotional balance, productivity and mental sharpness.

However, while it may not come as a surprise that good sleep is vital for your physical and mental health, managing to attain better sleep tends to be easier said than done for most people. Nevertheless, while it may be a process that will take some time, as success won’t happen overnight, there are ways that you can improve your chances of experiencing deep, restorative sleep. It’s simply a matter of finding the right strategy that works for you.

The following are some ideas you may deem useful in terms of achieving better sleep:

  • Maintain a sleep schedule – go to bed at the same time each night and wake up at the same time every day.
  • Make your bedroom a sleep-friendly environment – you’ll be more likely to experience better sleep if your bed and bedroom are as comfortable as possible. Keep noise to a minimum by masking unpleasant sounds with earplugs or a sound machine. Keep your room at a cool temperature and well ventilated. Invest in new pillows and in a better quality mattress if you have old and worn items that have lost their firmness and support.
  • Nap when you do not receive enough sleep – good sleep is not always possible, so at times when your rest is insufficient, consider taking a small nap to help re-energize your body. Naps should be short (no more than 30 minutes) and should be taken during the day, not too close to your regular sleep time to avoid disrupting the natural sleep-wake cycle you are trying to create.
  • Avoid alcohol, drinking stimulating beverages or eating large meals before bed.
  • Relax your mind to encourage sleepiness- engage in quiet activities that will not stimulate you such as reading a book, knitting, taking a bath, listening to calming music, etc. Do the activity in a dimly lit room, as too much light can rouse your brain. Avoid watching TV, using a computer or any other device with a bright screen.

If you continue to struggle in your efforts to achieve good sleep, it’s in your best interest to speak with your healthcare provider. Your doctor may be able to provide you with a solution that will help you establish better sleep patterns, so you can feel like yourself again.

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