Not getting a good night’s sleep can be extremely frustrating indeed. Waking up still exhausted won’t set your day off to a great start, and all that tiredness could follow you to the office. You will feel very fatigued throughout the whole day, and your concentration and productivity could be affected as a result. So, it’s always important to try and get enough good-quality sleep every night.
Finding it hard to improve your sleep patterns? You might be making the same mistakes that other poor sleepers are making. Here are some of the main reasons people find it hard to get to sleep, and what you can do about them!
Your Bedroom Is Too Hot
Are you sure that your bedroom is the right temperature? More often than not, people have it too warm, which can make it difficult to fall asleep. Ideally, the room needs to be between fifty-five and seventy-four degrees Fahrenheit. If you think the temperature is regularly above this, consider changing your thermostat. If the radiator is difficult to control, you could always leave the window open for an hour or so before you go to bed.
You Are On Medication
Some medications can make it very difficult to fall asleep. For example, some painkillers including Midol contain levels of caffeine. Even if your medication doesn’t contain caffeine, there might be other chemicals and hormones in it that could make it difficult to fall asleep each night. If you do have trouble, you should speak to your doctor to see if there are any alternative medications you could take.
You Need A New Mattress
Do you always toss and turn in bed? If so, there could be a problem with your mattress. Even though you don’t realize it, an old mattress that has developed lots of lumps and bumps could be making it quite hard for you to get enough zzzs each night. So, it’s worth visiting a couple of mattress stores to see about getting a new one. Make sure you lie down on a few to test them out before you decide which one to buy.
You Exercised Too Late
Exercise is an incredibly important part of life and something that we all need to try and fit into our daily schedules. However, it is possible to work out too late in the day. Exercising too soon before you go to bed will energize you and make it difficult to fall asleep. Your mind will be racing, and all the adrenaline in your body will make it almost impossible to unwind!
You Used Your Phone In Bed
You also need to make sure that you aren’t using your smartphone just before bed too. That’s because the screen emits a blue light which can make your mind a lot more alert than what it should be at bedtime. Keep all your screens out of your bedroom, and you should find that this greatly improves your overall quality of sleep.
Hopefully, all of this helps you sleep a lot better from now on!
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