If the day was a meal, sleep would be the delicious, multilayered cake at the end of it. Unfortunately, not many people realize just how great sleep is for the mind, body, and soul. It refreshes the mind and repairs damage that your body has sustained over the course of the day.
While many people focus on how much they sleep, sleep has as much to do with quality as it does quantity, and there are so many things factoring into a good night’s sleep, from your internal thoughts to the food you eat to the expensive mattress you bought from a furniture store in Los Angeles. Here are some general tips for better, more restful sleep.
Keeping Your Stress in Check
Stress, worry, and anger that builds up throughout your day can cause you to lose sleep, toss and turn, or wake up in the middle of the night. When you do find yourself waking up in the middle of the night due to your own thoughts, note any recurring themes. What is the common trigger that keeps you up at night? It could be something physical, like the feel of your bed, in which case you may need to shop for mattresses in Los Angeles.
If you can’t stop that constant worrying, especially about things that are wholly out of your control, learn to reconsider how you think about things. For instance, take a look at your worries, figure out what’s realistic and what’s irrational. Learn to replace those irrational fears with more positive, productive thoughts.
For those realistic worries—managing work, getting through school, taking care of your family—learn and apply some stress management techniques, like deep breathing, muscle relaxation, and visualizing the perfect, peaceful place in your head. If your problems with stress continue, there’s no harm in seeking professional help or purchasing a softer, healthier mattress from your local organic mattress store.
Getting Back to Sleep
It’s not uncommon for you to wake up in the middle of night for a brief moment. Most sleepers won’t even remember waking up and will fall gently back into the land of slumber. Some have trouble getting back to sleep, so here are some tips to help.
- Focus on relaxing over sleeping. Try meditating, deep breathing, or visualization, all of which you can do without getting out of bed. Resting and relaxing your body won’t replace sleep, but they still go a long way to rejuvenate your body. Eventually, releasing all that mental and physical tension will force you back to sleep.
- Keep out of your head. You want to continue cueing your body for slumber. Stay in bed, stay relaxed, and try not to stress about the fact that you’re awake. That anxiety will only keep your body awake.
- If you’ve been up for over 15 minutes, get out of bed and do a quiet activity, like reading a book. Keep the lights dim and don’t watch or use anything with a screen (TV, phone, tablet).