There are few things more important to your overall health and wellness than getting a good night’s sleep, so if you aren’t sleeping well it is crucial that you do something about it. The following is a brief look at a few good ways to get a better sleep.

Upgrade your mattress

As a mattress gets older it eventually starts to offer less support, which can have a significant impact on your ability to get a good night’s sleep, so if it has been a while since you last upgraded your mattress, do so ASAP. Having a mattress that is both comfortable and supportive will give you the best chance of a sound sleep, and considering that a good mattress can last many years, it is well worth investing in a high-quality option.

 

Create a pre-bed routine

If you are having trouble sleeping it can help to create a routine that you go through each night before bed, as this will give your body and mind a cue that it is time to start winding down and getting ready for sleep. Even if you end up going to bed at vastly different times each night, your routine will make it a whole lot easier to power down and get a good night’s sleep.

Make your bedroom darker

One of the key ingredients to sleeping well is having enough melatonin, which is a chemical naturally produced by your brain that helps you feel sleepy and fall asleep. Studies have shown that melatonin needs darkness in order to be effectively produced, so if you are having trouble sleeping, find a way to make your bedroom darker. Whether you get thicker curtains or board up your windows, make it easier for melatonin to be produced and you are sure to enjoy a far better sleep.

Go to bed when you are tired

One of the simplest ways to get a better sleep is to go to bed when you are tired, rather than waiting for a particular time to go to bed each night. If you are feeling tired, your body obviously needs sleep, so rather than become overtired and then have a poor sleep as a result, if you are tired, go to bed.

Get new pillows

In order to get quality sleep, your entire body needs to be comfortable and well supported, so even if you have a great mattress, you also need great pillows to provide comfort and support to your neck and head. Old pillows lose their ability to provide adequate support, and tend to accumulate dust and skin particles, so if you have had the same pillows for more than a few years, for the sake of your health, invest in new ones.

Without a good night’s sleep it is impossible to run anywhere close to your capacity, so for the sake of your health and your quality of life, take steps to improve your sleep. If you are having trouble sleeping due to nightmares, hypnotherapy has been shown to help.