The consequences of not getting enough sleep are extensive. You’ll be less alert and focused, fatigued throughout the day, and generally dealing with a lessened quality of life. The good news is you don’t need to suffer from sleepiness and its effects forever. With a few simple tips, you can start getting better sleep and start living a better life.
It sounds almost too simple but feeling even a little bit cozier can help you get a better night’s sleep. Do some research into men’s or women’s sleepwear in your favorite fabrics—lightweight cotton tends to work particularly well for pajamas. Do the same for your bedding and sleeping space in general. Look into upgrading your mattress if needed, or adding a more comfortable mattress pad to your existing set. Simply picking out a comfy new pillow or blanket can even make a difference!
As much as possible, try to ensure you’re going to bed and waking up at or around the same time each day to help regulate your body’s internal clock. To make it a bit easier, consider creating a bedtime routine or ritual that you can perform before heading to bed each night. Not only can this help motivate you to get ready for bed (rather than hitting that “Continue watching” button) but it can help you to relax and unwind after a long day, making sleep easier to come by.
Speaking of unwinding, destressing before hitting the sheets can help you get a better night’s sleep. Meditation or journaling can help you acknowledge your concerns, then put them aside to focus on sleep. If you have a bit more time to spare before shutting your eyes, making a plan to conquer whatever’s stressing you out can give you some peace of mind. Worried about health or injury risks and the financial stressors that come with them? Getting income protection can help you stop worrying and get some sleep. Research some common reasons to get income protection to see if it’s right for you. An income protection policy or another sort of insurance will be there in case of emergency, so you can rest easy knowing that’s one less concern to keep you up at night.
You’ve made yourself comfortable and cleared your mind of life’s concerns. Don’t undo all of that effort by making yourself wait until you’ve moved your laundry piles to the floor and scrolled through social media for another hour. Make your bedroom, or at least the space immediately surrounding your bed, a spot you only use for sleep or sex. Resist the temptation to work from bed (even if you work from home) and consider charging your phone in another room, or out of arm’s reach if that’s not possible. When you enter your bedroom and slip under the covers, your mind should immediately think of sleep.
If none of these other tips seem to make a difference, consider talking to your doctor about potential medical issues that might be interfering with your sleep. If you struggle with daytime sleepiness or waking up with headaches, seeking sleep apnea treatment could very well be the key to resolving your sleep woes once and for all. Your doctor can also help you to decide whether medication is the right choice for your sleep struggles and, if so, how to go about taking it safely.
If you’re struggling with sleeplessness through the night or the aftereffects of sleepiness during the day, you don’t have to keep suffering through it. By making a few lifestyle changes, taking steps towards better financial security and less stress, and consulting a medical professional as needed, you’ll be getting the best sleep of your life in no time.