How to Improve the Quality of Your Sleep

A woman sleeping peacefully in her bed There are different reasons you’re not sleeping as soundly as you’d like. It may be the stress at work or with your relationship, it may be your diet, or it may be something else. Whatever it is that’s messing up your sleep pattern, you can be sure of one thing: you’ll feel a lot less cheerful during your waking moments.

Lack of sleep takes a lot out of you. To avoid the unhealthy effects of lack of sleep, here are tips that may help you sleep better.

Keep a sleep schedule

Whatever day it is – workday, weekend, holiday, etc. – do your best to go to bed at a precise time. And even if it is indeed a non-working day, get up at the same time you do during workdays. This will strengthen your body’s sleep cycle.

Don’t force it

Even if you try to follow a sleep schedule, you may still encounter nights when you’re in bed for more than 15 minutes, and you’re still not sleepy. Don’t force it. Instead, do something that may help relax you. Read a boring book, listen to some soothing music or sounds of rain or the ocean, whatever gets you in the mood to nod off soon.

Make your bedroom comfy

Your entire bedroom should be a relaxing environment. Choose a good bed and pillows. Your sheets matter too. Get a silk comforter that makes you want to hit the sack just by feeling it with your hand. Don’t turn your bedroom into a work area, so you don’t feel the urge to work when you’re supposed to be sleeping. Put your laptop away and keep your phone in silent (non-vibrate) mode. Stop checking your social media feed or email. Dedicate your bedroom only to relaxing.

Stick to a healthy diet

Do not indulge in alcohol, and don’t use it to make you fall asleep. It may do that, but then you might wake up at odd hours feeling dizzy or uncomfortable. Don’t eat too much at night, especially foods rich in energy like protein. Avoid caffeinated beverages. Water is your friend.

Get help with sleep apnea

If you always snore, you may have sleep apnea, and this may keep you feeling tired during the day, as it interferes with deep sleep. It may also cause heart problems in the long term. See your doctor if you suffer from sleep apnea.

These suggestions may help you sleep better. Quality sleep is vital for health. Do what you can to those quality Zs.