Sleep is one of the best things for your body. During sleep your body is rebuilt and your mind is renewed.
However, getting deep restorative sleep can be difficult at times.
With the fast paced world we live in, getting optimal rest is often far from being a priority.
So how can you improve your sleep? Below are a list of natural tips that can help you to do to improve sleep at night – especially deep REM sleep.
One of the best things you can do is simplify your schedule. If you are constantly running at a million miles per hour, it makes it difficult to relax and unwind.
Take on less commitments. Learn to say no.
You only get one life, and you have to live it to the fullest. Sometimes the most unselfish thing to do is to be selfish with your own time.
So take on less, and use the extra down time as relaxation time. This will help to reduce the stress load on your body and will increase your overall happiness.
Sometimes it takes a little extra to get to sleep at night. During those times, consider taking an all natural sleep aid. Sleep supplements are a great alternative to prescription drugs, which can be hard on your system and can become addictive.
Look for products with natural ingredients, these products will be safe for long-term use. Click here to learn more about which sleep aids are best for you.
One of the main problems that causes sleep issues is caffeine. I’m looking at you coffee. Caffeine is a stimulant that keeps your brain wired and makes it difficult to sleep.
While most people know not to drink a cup of coffee before bed, did you know that caffeine stays in your system for approximately 5-6 hours (source)? That means that if you drink a cup of coffee at 3 in the afternoon, the caffeine content in that cup can still be haunting you when it’s bed time.
For best results, avoid caffeine in the afternoon. While the exact time can vary from person to person depending of caffeine sensitivity, bedtime, etc… it is best to stay free of caffeine 5-6 hours before bed.
Creating a sleep environment that you love is key to better sleep. Find a mattress that is right for you. Buy sheets that are comfortable. Get a luxurious set of pajamas that you love sleeping in.
Bedtime is all about relaxation. If you have a cluttered, dirty sleep environment, it is going to subconsciously make you more agitated and stressed.
So learn how to create an ideal sleep environment. Here is an awesome article with tips on how to create a sleep sanctuary.
LED lights are the lights found in your phone, tablets, and tv screens. These blue lights have a massive impact on our brains. They basically turn our brains “on”. This makes it difficult to sleep at night.
The best way to combat this is to avoid looking at a digital screen at night an hour before bed. Read a book instead. If you have a hard time thinking about cutting your screen time before bed, you can get special eyeglasses that block blue LED lights. This will go a long way towards helping you sleep better at night.
Light keep your brain awake. As you get ready for bed at night, slowly reduce the amount of light that you take in. This could include dimming the lights at night or reducing screen time (as previously mentioned).
During sleep, you want to have a completely dark sleep environment. No night lights. No alarm clock glare. Curtains drawn. Pitch darkness.
Complete darkness is needed so that your body can release melatonin into your body. Having even small amounts of lights can interfere with this natural process.
So there you have it. These are my best natural tips for improving sleep. Do you have a sleep tips that you swear by? Post it in the comment section below to share your experience!