Getting quality sleep isn’t always something that comes naturally for some of us. We may toss and turn or find ourselves simply not tired come nightfall. There are things you can do, however, starting from the minute you get up to ensure you’re perfectly primed for bed when you need it.
Set Your Circadian Rhythm
Set your sleeping routine by leaving your blinds partly open and use the morning sunlight to wake up naturally.
Ideally, you should stay awake during the day to sleep soundly through the night. If the sandman insists you nap, make it a short, 20- to 30-minute rest to get rejuvenated.
Consider a New Mattress
You spend one-third of your life asleep, so why not be as comfortable as possible while you're snoozing? Complete your comfy bed with quality bedding and pillows in calming colours for total relaxation.
Your Bed Is Not Your Desk
Keep work-related activities out of the bedroom. Your bed should be for rest only, not a place to catch up on the day’s work. Too much stimulus could inhibit your sleep and disrupt your sleeping patterns.
A bedroom, in your mind, should be a place of complete relaxation and peace from work and stress. If you bring work into your bedroom, you might begin associating even your bed as a place where you stress — and that’s no good for anyone!
Tune Out and Cool Down
Before you hit the hay, turn your clock away from your bed so that you're not tempted to watch the hours pass. Your bedroom also should be cool — no more than 21 C (70 F) — to aid in the total relaxation process.
When you take the time and work on a consistent sleeping routine, you'll likely find yourself with more energy, creativity and motivation during the day.