We don’t pay as much attention to a healthy night of sleep as we should. However, sleep could make a world of difference in everything from your energy level to your focus while at work. If you are finding things feeling a bit more challenging than normal, or you feel fatigued often, take a look at the quality of your sleep.
If you find that you need to improve your nightly routine (as well as your daily one, which impacts your sleep), consider these five things that can help enhance your overall sleep quality:
Invest in the best bedding.
While you may buy a set of sheets because they’re cheap or pick a blanket based on how it looks, you should invest more time when shopping for the type of bedding you use. It has an impact on your quality of sleep. From the best thread count with cotton sheets to a heavy blanket, think about how the bedding you use makes you feel when it’s time to get some ZZZs.
Consider a routine of book reading at night.
While most of us turn on our favorite show at night to forget the day and distract our minds, chances are that this habit is doing our sleep more damage than good. What about if you started up a routine of reading your favorite books for the last hour before bed? While the initial practice of making this a habit could be difficult, your sleep could improve from the lack of blue light exposure before bedtime. A book subscription could take away the work of choosing books to read while allowing you to get a new one every time you finish one.
Look at your mattress quality.
If you aren’t looking forward to getting in bed at night, you could be doing something wrong. You may need to change up your mattress. How long have you had your current one? The quality of your mattress deteriorates over time, and you may have invested in one that isn’t right for what you need. Whether soft or hard is the name of the game for your needs, think about replacing your mattress if you regularly have a challenging time getting to sleep.
Consider a gym membership.
If you find yourself wide awake at night, every night, and don’t have a routine for movement in the day, you could be in need of exercise. Exercise helps you to sleep better, as it helps you exert pent-up energy that could be sticking around when it’s time for you to go to sleep. Whether you sign up for gym classes at a local gym or you simply go for a daily run on one of the best trails in town, get some movement in every day. It’s not only good for your sleep, it’s good for your mood and overall health as well.
Check out blackout curtains.
Blackout curtains can really help those who have light-sensitivity and who may find it hard to get to sleep at night with their regular blinds or curtains. Completely blocking out any outside light, blackout curtains are great for helping your circadian rhythm “check in” when it’s time to go to bed.
If you’re looking for the best sleep habits, these tips can help you invest in the best items for quality nights, as you build habits that make sleep that much better. You’ll find that as you sleep better, you’ll feel more energetic and more importantly, your mood will probably be improved as well. What could be better than that?