It can be an awful experience to be tossing and turning without a good night's rest. A night of insomnia or poor sleep can impact your well-being right into the following day. It's almost like getting a hangover without even taking a sip of alcohol. But what if there were some activities you could do to ensure you would have a restful night of sleep? The good news is that we've compiled a list of helpful sleeping tips for you to implement with for you or your loved ones should they need help getting and staying asleep.
How To Encourage Better Sleep
- Get some form of exercise before noon. Exercise increases the blood flow throughout your body and signals to your brain that it's done some work. Once your body has done some work it naturally for it to start slowing down over the course of the rest of the day.
- Be careful of light sources towards the end of the night. A good idea is to put away your computer screens, tablets or smartphone as the bright light can send the wrong signals to the brain. When there is too much light entering the eye, melatonin is not released at nearly the same rate which can hinder sleepiness.
- Have a relaxation ritual at the end of the night. This could be progressive muscle relaxation, a meditation practice or a light stretching routine that incorporates deep breathing.
- Save your heaviest meal for the end of the day. By eating a dinner that has lots of carbohydrates, it will help yourself feel full by triggering your brain to release serotonin, the body's contentment chemical.
- Establish a sleep schedule and stick to it. It's a great idea to go to bed at the same time every night. In order to establish your sleep routine, it's helpful to have a ritual surrounding it.
An important part of getting a good night's sleep is having a good mattress to sleep on. Should you need guidance in selecting an appropriate mattress for your body type, please contact us for a consult.