Rest. It’s a critical element to our success. You’ve heard we spend 1/3 of our life sleeping, right? It doesn’t get much more clear than that. We need sleep to fulfill essential tasks that we can’t do while we’re awake. Sleep reinforces learning, removes toxins, boosts mental health, and can also help to build a stronger immune system, among other things. People who are well-rested perform higher on IQ tests and critical thinking skills improve.
It’s pretty simple. The better rested you are, the easier it is to handle life’s responsibilities and all of the inevitabilities that your life can garner. Most of these inevitable situations are not within our control – things happen and at times our only option is choosing how we react and respond to them. Did you get some quality sleep last night? I bet if you did, you’d be much more able to make effective decisions that set your trajectory down the right path.
How To Get Better Rest
There are some fairly common tips to help improve your sleep.
Shut down screens and devices at least 30 minutes to an hour before you hit the hay – Maintain a consistent nighttime schedule, winding down and going to bed around the same time every night – Keep your bedroom cool, dark, and quiet.
These things are easy enough to accomplish without the need to overhaul anything major.
Still, there are other elements to consider when deciding that changing your sleep hygiene is worth the effort. Having a bedroom that is clean, free of clutter, and minimal in furnishings has been shown to help people unwind and relax more easily. Clearing your physical space promotes a clear mind and helps to prevent stress, too.
That doesn’t mean your bedroom needs to feel devoid of human presence; But having key pieces of furniture that are multifunctional, serving as a place to store things out of sight as well as styled decor, will not only enhance the look and feel of your sleep sanctuary, it also creates a healthier environment. When things have a place to be put away vs laying around the room, those things are less able to collect dust and debris. Freeing your room of clutter also frees it of dust and this is a very good thing for sleep.
GET A BETTER MATTRESS
Investing in a new mattress can really speed up the process of helping you get a more restful sleep. There are lots of different brands to choose from and the major types today are typically innerspring, foam, or hybrid. If the type of mattress you’ve been using isn’t satisfying or you’re just looking to try something new, finding the right one can take some time. Going to various stores and testing them out is probably the first step. If that doesn’t sound like fun, there are other ways to get a good idea of what you might need.
Do some research online, call stores with knowledgeable associates, or try a resource like Rooms To Go’s online mattress quiz. You may not need to spend the time testing mattresses out in person if you can answer a few questions about your sleep style and what you need.
Are you a side sleeper or a back sleeper? Do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? Do you typically get hot while sleeping or do you run more cool?
Answering these kinds of questions can get you headed in the right direction in choosing a mattress style that’s best for you.
Mediation has definitely grown up from under the pigeonhole of alternative health practices. There’s no debating the science.
Meditating has been clinically shown to alleviate stress and reduce anxiety which affects 40 million American adults every year. When you’re feeling stressed and anxious, your sleep can suffer and one of the best things to try to do is relax and reset. Meditation is a simple practice that can help you do this and is especially useful just before going to bed.