More studies are pointing to the fact that quality sleep matters, and there are a few adjustments you can make to be sure you get that rejuvenating rest you deserve.
Where should you sleep?
Dozing off on your office desk will not energize your tired body the same as sleeping in a comfortable bed. Experts are saying that it’s never a good idea to mix your place of work and place of rest. Having a space dedicated solely for sleeping — and not anything else — will train your mind to focus on resting.
To make your room an ideal space for hibernation, start with the following:
- 2 Brothers Mattress and industry experts suggest investing in a good mattress from any South Jordan store and remember to replace it after the seventh year of use. It should be sooner if you see signs of wear and tear or you wake up with aches and pains.
- Sounds from gadgets like laptops or televisions aren’t the best companions, but white noise from the humming of the air-conditioning unit or fan can help induce sleep.
- Turn off as many lights as possible, as artificial lights disrupt the body’s 24-hour rhythm.
- Red and other bright colors may be your favorite, but psychologically, they make the mind more active. Vibrant colors are better in living rooms or restaurants, but calming colors like pale blue and green are more suitable for places of rest.
How should you prepare for sleep?
Pre-bedtime routines and habits do vary, but here are a couple of good tips:
- Train yourself to sleep and wake at the same time, which means you’ll have to resist the temptation of sleeping in even on weekends.
- Cut back on sugar and caffeine, especially in the afternoon and evening.
- Make peace with your day. For some people, a few minutes of meditation work. For others, it’s writing, exercising, taking a nice long bath, or talking to members of their support group.
It’s not enough to get a bit of shut-eye. The goal is to sleep well and long enough to wake up ready for a new day. If you need more convincing, here’s another great article from CNN on the perils of sleep-deprivation.