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How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

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How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Sleep is anything but overrated. Without it, you will feel tired, grumpy, and unable to concentrate, which is the worst way to feel when you need to go to work or school. Fighting to drop off is very frustrating, so if you struggle with this, read on for ways to get a better night’s sleep. 

Keep Your Stress Levels to a Minimum

Feeling stressed during the day and before bed will negatively impact your sleep. You might find that you are lying awake while worrying about the next day for hours, which not only does not help your situation but also makes it worse.

If you feel like stress is taking over your life, then you might be depressed or anxious and need professional help, so consider looking into to find the correct treatment for you.

Avoid Screens Before Bed

The light from your phone screen will keep you awake for longer, so avoid staring at a screen right before bedtime. Switching your phone onto night mode helps, but it is even better to put your phone down half an hour before sleep and read a book instead. It might be tricky at first, especially if you are used to scrolling through social media right before bed, but once you get into the habit of putting it down, you will not look back. 

Keep Your Bedroom on the Cool Side

People sleep better in a cold room, so avoid cranking up the heating in the evening. If your bedroom feels too stuffy, try cracking open the window or turning the AC up a little. You do not want to be freezing, of course – the ideal sleeping temperature stands at around 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

Use Herbal Remedies

Some people need strong sleeping pills to fall asleep, but before you go rushing to your doctor, why not try a herbal remedy instead? There are plenty out there, many with consumers that swear they help them drift off faster than they ever could before. The best part is that they are not addictive like many prescription drugs. 

Clean Your Room

Just because you close your eyes does not mean your sleeping environment is not important. A messy room equals a messy mind, so take the time to clean your room to ensure you can rest easy at the end of the day.

Wear Yourself Out Throughout the Day

If you spend the entire day resting in bed or sitting on the couch, your body is less likely to need rest when it is bedtime. To ensure you drift off easily, aim to get enough exercise throughout the day to wear yourself out. Even a short walk is better than nothing!

Get a Better Mattress

Your bed could be causing your sleep issues. If your mattress is more than eight years old or you keep waking up with an aching body, it might be time to purchase a new one. Look around at reviews before buying, as a mattress is a large investment, and the right one will massively improve your quality of life.

Author and freelance writer, Delicia Warren, is passionate about the environment and the impact humans are having on the world around us. She's an advocate of holistic approaches to life's issues, including alternative medicines, as well as having an interest in helping individuals make small changes to their lifestyles to minimize their carbon footprint.