If you don’t get 6-8 hours of solid, undisturbed sleep nightly, there’s a very high chance that you are sleep deprived. With the wide array of things that could hinder our slumber, it’s not so surprising that a large chunk of our population is buried in sleep debt.
But how do you deal with sleep debt? The answer is pretty straightforward: you have to improve your sleeping habits. By having a regular and complete sleeping schedule, not only can you avoid piling more sleep debt to what you already owe, but you may even be able to catch up.
Being in the sleep business for so long, though, we know that improving your sleep isn’t necessarily a walk in the park. Creating a healthy and regular sleeping routine does not come naturally for many, especially those who have to work in shifts, so a little hard work will be required for you to start getting a solid night of shuteye.
So, how do you start improving your sleep? If you’ve been reading our blog, you will know that we have been sharing a lot of sleep tips and information for a while now. You can find some handy articles by clicking on the blog’s Sleep & Health category and you’ll surely learn a trick or two in how you can improve the quality of your sleep.
The biggest challenge, really, in any sleep challenge is to keep yourself disciplined to get more zzz’s. Again, there’s so much to do nowadays that sleep is easily relegated to the last spot in a lot of people’s to-do lists, so focusing on the goal of getting quality slumber is a necessity. If you’re not really into improving your sleep, there’s very little assurance that you will be successful in improving your sleep.
If you think getting quality zzz’s is a huge undertaking, stop right now. It may sound daunting, but there’s really only a few things you need to do and remember if you want to have better sleep:
- Be consistent. This is where your discipline is required, because sleep makes great use of your body clock which only sets itself after a few days of following a consistent routine. With consistency, you can get yourself feel sleepy and wake up naturally at the same time everyday, helping you get the same amount of shuteye every night.
- Stop stressing yourself out. Stress is the number 1 enemy of sleep. It produces cortisol, a hormone that makes dozing off a lot more difficult.
- Get a good mattress. Many may not think much of their mattresses when it comes to its effects in helping you sleep, but mattresses actually play a large role in dozing off easily at night. Make sure that it is comfortable and provides ample support, you can avoid waking up due to body pains. You may also want to find a mattress that can minimize partner disturbance, so you can be guaranteed that you won’t be woken up by your co-sleeper’s nocturnal movements.
The best time to start working on your sleep? Tonight. The faster you get quality sleep, the better for your overall health, so don’t delay and start taking steps in improving your nightly slumber starting tonight.