Mattress Review Guru’s 7 Tips For Resting Better

Posted on Friday Sep 13, 2013

How-to-get-better-sleep-try-these-easy-tipsIt should come as no surprise that how you feel while you are awake revolves around how well you sleep. It’s an intermingled relationship that will always be dependent on each other. To function, we must rest. This week I will share seven (not-so) secret tips to help you get the rest that you need at night.

Even if you have the most state-of-the-art adjustable air mattress, with every feature under the sun, that doesn’t necessarily mean you will rest well at night.¬†Aside from the bed you sleep in every night, there is an assortment of other factors that go into how well you rest. For example, sleep schedule, lifestyle choices, exercise schedule and diet all have critical affects on the quality of your sleep.

7 Tips for Resting Better

  1. Exercise. Sticking to a regular exercise routine helps relax and fatigue the body in a healthy, natural sense. Exercise helps your body effortlessly enjoy quality sleep.
  2. Keep A Routine. Have a problem with waking up on the “wrong side of the bed?” Perhaps it’s because you do not have a conditioned routine before going to bed. Set routines help signal to your body when it’s time to go to bed and when it’s time to wake up.
  3. Avoid Caffeine. It goes without saying, to get better sleep at night avoid caffeine. As a stimulant, caffeine will only make it increasingly more difficult to fall asleep if you consume it before bedtime.
  4. Relax. After a hectic day, it’s important to take the time necessary to relax your mind. Avoid sources of stress. Placing yourself in a tranquil mental state will help you fall asleep and stay asleep.
  5. Avoid Alcohol. Although alcohol can help you fall asleep, it also dehydrates you. This means hours after you fall asleep you may find yourself waking back up a few hours later thirsty for water. Depending on the type alcohol you consume, there may be a high sugar content which will raise your blood sugar levels and increase your energy levels when you really need to be winding down.
  6. Don’t Eat Before Sleep. Avoid large meals before bed. The digestion process can linger for hours, making quality sleep increasingly more difficult to attain.
  7. Unwind. Before you go to sleep, make sure to unwind your body. It’s just as important as your mind. Take a hot bath or shower to relax and signal to your body that it’s time to rest soon. Massages are also another great aid in unwinding before bedtime. The goal here is to calm the body down from a busy day so you can prepare it for a rejuvenating night’s sleep before you have to do it all over again.

iStock_000013483862MediumThere are additional steps you can take to help ensure you get better sleep when you take time to rest. One is reserve your bed for either sleep or romance. That way, when you go to bed you give your body an authoritative signal that it’s time to either rest or be romantic. Another helpful tip is to not smoke. Nicotine found in cigarettes is a stimulant that can disrupt sleep. Also, as smokers develop a nicotine dependency, they can experience withdrawals that can keep them up as the night progresses.

If you make a consistent effort to incorporate the seven tips above into your daily routine, you will sleep easier and deeper. Again, keep in mind that even if you have the most advanced bed in the industry, it does not mean you will get restful sleep at night if your sleep routine does not properly prepare you for rest. So, take the time to tweak what you do before you rest. It’s worth getting the rest your deserve!

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