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4 Tips For A Better Night’s Sleep

Studies have shown that sleeping well is just as important as eating healthily and exercising regularly. Not getting enough sleep, or sleeping badly, can lead to many different health issues including heart problems (such as heart disease), hormone imbalance, weight increases, high blood pressure, ulcers, and mental impairment, for example, your ability to make good decisions and judgments are diminished through lack of sleep.

 

It can be challenging to get a good night’s sleep sometimes, particularly when other physical or mental ailments are causing issues, and long-term insomnia is something that you should ideally speak to your doctor about. However, there are also some easy ways you can try for a better night’s sleep which may be able to help you feel so much better.

 

  1. Reduce Blue Light Exposure

Exposure to too much blue light at night time when you are meant to be allowing your body to ready itself for sleep is a bad thing as it confuses your body and makes it think that it’s not yet time for bed. Your circadian rhythm is what tells you when you are tired and when it’s time to be awake, and if the wrong type of light is present, it cannot perform that function, and you won’t be able to get to sleep.

 

Blue light is emitted from screens such as the TV, computer, and mobile devices. These should not be allowed in the bedroom, and ideally shouldn’t be used for an hour before going to bed for the best chance of a good night’s sleep.

 

  1. Have Less Caffeine

Caffeine is not a bad thing overall; in fact, it has a number of benefits. However, consuming caffeine late in the day will affect how you sleep. Caffeine stays in the blood for up to eight hours, and therefore you shouldn’t consume anything containing caffeine eight hours or less before you want to go to bed.

 

Caffeine stimulates your nervous system and makes it difficult for your body to relax enough to go to sleep. If you enjoy a cup of coffee after around three or four in the afternoon, try a decaffeinated version instead as you won’t have so much trouble sleeping.

 

  1. Use Natural Supplements

For some, it is their busy lives that causes problems with sleep, as they are unable to relax during the evening – they might be catching up on work, for example. For others, it is anxiety and worries that keep them up at night. Whatever the reason, using natural supplements such as herbs and vitamins to help you relax will also help you to sleep. You can buy CBD oil, for example, or use lavender oils in your bath or sprinkled on your pillow. Chamomile is another excellent herb that promotes sleep.

 

  1. Is It Your Bed?

When people find it difficult to sleep, they immediately assume it’s a problem with them and their health, but it might not be. It might be your bed or the mattress you are sleeping on.

 

You should replace your mattress every eight years or so, and if you have had yours for longer, or it’s a cheap one, it could be giving you a bad night’s sleep. Investing in a good mattress that will last for years will help you.

 
 

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