A good night’s sleep is dependent on a number of factors. When we take a look at the overall sleep a person gets we need to see if they are in good physical and mental health. Another huge factor is to find out whether the person is sleeping on the right bed. A person’s choice of bed is just as important as ensuring the person is physically and mentally fit when conducting a sleep analysis.
Anyone of the above factors can take its toll on night-time sleep patterns and result in the person feeling drained and unproductive. But, there are easy steps everyone can take to ensure that they sleep better at night. Here we will take a look at a few things the average person can do to get a better night’s sleep.
New Bed, New Sleep
If you have previously slept well and only recently found that you are waking up more tired that you were when you went to bed then you might want to take a look at replacing your bed. A new bed can work wonders for increasing sleep. There are a number of factors which act together when your bed is aging. The most important of these is that your bed will, over time, lose firmness. This loss will, in turn, make getting a good night’s sleep difficult.
When looking for a new bed you will be faced with a number of options, from choosing the size of the bed to the firmness which is best suited to your needs. Once you have found the perfect bed you also need to take a look at the materials used in its production. You will most likely have to choose between metal and wood options. The one you choose is dependent on which style you prefer for your room.
Find a natural sleep cycle
If you do not know what your natural sleep cycle is then you can easily develop one by following these easy steps.
- Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day
- Try not to sleep in
- Naps should be limited to 20 minutes
- Avoid pre-sleep doziness by getting active before bed
Take control of light in your bedroom
Our bodies secrete melatonin. This hormone is controlled by our exposure to light. More melatonin is secreted at when it’s dark and this helps us sleep better. To harness the power of this hormone you need to make the best of the hormone. Here are some tips:
- Go out in the morning sunlight
- Be outside during the daylight hours
- Get more natural light into your home
- No more late-night TV
- Avoid cell phones at night
- At bedtime make sure the room is completely dark
Scientific studies have shown that those who exercise during the day are more likely to sleep better at night. Getting a little exercise in during the day will also help you fight sleepiness during the day. Regular exercise also fights the symptoms of insomnia as well as sleep apnoea.