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Tossing and turning throughout the night doesn’t cut it. As humans we spend up to one-third of our lives in a sleep state and it is crucial to our bodies health, mental clarity and performance throughout our lives. For light sleepers the most common obstacle faced when trying to stay asleep is their lack of a comfortable and relaxing sleeping environment. Make sure you’re getting the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep by taking the measures necessary to ensure you make the most of your evening rest time.
Don’t Let Noise or Other Issues Keep You Awake
- Be aware of the after effects of caffeine, alcohol and sugary confections close to bedtime.
- Create a sleep schedule or routine, even on weekends.
- Turn off electronics and dim lights in your home before bed.
- Evaluate your bedroom to find an ideal temperature, sound and light combination which works for you. The optimal bedroom temperature should be between 60 – 67 degrees.
- Exercise daily and stretch directly before bed to aid in relaxation.
- Give your body ample time to shift into sleep mode. Instead of using electronic devices which emanate light forcing the brain to stay in an active state, choose to a relaxing activity like reading or taking a bath.
- Choose comfortable sheets, mattress and pillows.
- Remove noises and distractions. Consider using blackout curtains, eye-shades, “white noise” machines, fans, humidifiers and other devices.
Transforming your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary is not as difficult as it once was. With these simple improvements even the lightest sleeper is given the best opportunity to enjoy a restful and rejuvenating night – every night of the week. Check out other ways to improve your sleep here!