Make Sure Your Bedroom Is On Point
The most obvious thing to check is your bed. While you may not think your bed is keeping you awake, if your mattress is more than 10 years old, if you toss and turn a lot during the night, or if you routinely wake up stiff or sore, odds are that a new mattress could greatly improve your nighttime experience. Other things to check in your bedroom include light level (you should keep it as dark as possible for sleeping), temperature (it should be cool), and noise level (you should have it as quiet as possible).
How To Fix A Less-Than-Ideal Sleep Environment
So you’ve got a good mattress, now what? Thankfully, if your sleep environment isn’t particularly sleep-inducing, there’s some low-tech ways that you can help yourself sleep better. Simple techniques to get the dark, cool, quiet, and relaxing room you need include:
white noise machines
a real or artificial down comforter to allow you to keep the room cooler
Most of these are available at relatively inexpensive prices.
How To Help Quiet Your Mind
Sometimes the problem isn’t your external environment, it’s the one inside your head. If you suffer from anxious feelings or racing thoughts when you lay down to sleep, you may actually be experiencing sleep anxiety, which is a subset of performance anxiety. To conquer it, try these fear-relieving techniques:
Spend the last couple of hours before you go to bed doing something relaxing. Avoid exciting or scary activities, such as watching thrilling movies.
Practice meditation, prayer, or other conscious relaxation techniques before bed.
Try aromatherapy–lavender and chamomile are especially soothing.
Journal your thoughts. Sometimes getting them on paper helps stop a racing mind.
You deserve to get a good night’s sleep every night. One of the great things about investing the time and energy in revamping your sleep habits? Sleeping more can help alleviate anxiety by itself. Here’s to your good health–body and mind!
Sleep Dread – www.webmd.com
How To Stop Anxiety When You’re Falling Asleep – www.calmclinic.com