Are you struggling to get to sleep at night? That’s an issue because, without the right amount of sleep, you will find yourself feeling more stressed through the day. A lack of sleep will impact you both physically and mentally so you must do what you can to make sure that you are getting the right level of sleep each night. So, how much sleep do you need?
Well, you can function on anything from a few minutes to a few hours depending on how much sleep affects you. However, to function effectively or reach your maximum potential, experts suggest that you aim for at least eight hours a night. Be aware though, that the quality of sleep does matter. Takes dogs for instance. Now, if you have a furry friend, you might notice that dogs sleep a lot. Indeed, a domestic dog will spend roughly seventy-five percent of the day snoozing away. This is because they hardly ever reach the deepest level of sleep. That’s why even the slight jolt will wake them. They are constantly on alert.
To get the best rest, you need to make sure that you are reaching REM stage four. We’re going to look at the stages of sleep a little further down and what can impact you reaching the later stages.
Essentially though, there are a few lessons you need to get a good night of sleep.
Get Comfortable With The Right Kit
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If you want to make sure that you get a good night of sleep, then you need to make sure that you are comfortable. This can be quite difficult because everyone sleeps differently. So, if you share a bed, your sleeping behavior might not be the same as your partner. The good news is that you can fix this by getting an adjustable bed. While expensive, these type of beds allows you to change the slope, depth and firmness of each side of the bed.
Or, you can just make sure that you have enough space with a big bed. By purchasing big beds, you can make sure that you don’t feel squashed or uncomfortable through the night. You may also want to purchase a memory foam mattress. If you can’t afford one, you can get a memory foam layer for your bed that could be just as effective.
Ultimately, you have to find the right bed for you and make sure it fits your sleeping behavior perfectly. Not every bed suits every person.
Tech May Torment You
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You may not know that electromagnetic energy from some of the tech that we rely on such as the cell phone, the laptop or even the smart TV can keep us awake. Ultimately, it stops us getting from the deepest level of REM sleep and this could leave you feeling exhausted in the morning or drained. If you are constantly feeling like you haven’t been to sleep, you might want to think about making your bedroom a tech-free zone. You might think that you won’t be able to wake up without your phone alarm. But, without that tech under your pillow, it’s possible that you’ll wake up earlier without the wake-up call and feel refreshed enough to not reach for the snooze button.
Correct Your Diet
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There are a few things in your diet that could be impacting your level of sleep. Are you a coffee drinker? Caffeine counteracts a chemical in your body that is used for your natural sleeping pattern. Drinking too much coffee can cause you to feel more awake when you need to sleep and exhausted when you want to be awake. You might also find that you are a restless sleeper. Have your sheets been torn off the bed when you wake up in the morning? If so then you might want to think about adding a banana to your daily diet. With a banana, you can regulate your body movements and stop your body from tossing and turning due to the potassium it provides.
High levels of sugar in your diet can also impact your sleeping pattern. Particularly, if you are consuming sugary snacks a few hours before the lights go out.
The Chicken Or The Egg
Finally, consider what comes first: Are you stressed because of a lack of sleep, or, is stress causing you to have trouble sleeping. It’s an important question because if stress is causing your sleep troubles, there are ways to correct that. Try writing down your issues before bed and that way you’ll be able to make you deal with them and get the good night of rest you need.