People often forget how important a good night’s sleep is. They prioritize their work. Or they can’t stop watching their favorite TV sitcom and checking the number of LIKES on social media. But none of these should come before sleep.
We often disregard how much sleep affects our overall health and immune system. As such, we allow small and not so small distractions to slowly lower the quality of our lives. Maybe some people don’t see most of these things as sleep deprivers and take them for granted, but it’s time to look at them in another light. So, sink into your bed and read on.
If you’re like me, you have the phone charger on the nightstand in your bedroom, and you check your emails or play games while in bed. It’s really time to let your phone sleep in a separate room. Or at least far from your bed, somewhere you can’t reach it. People have become addicted to their Smartphones, often putting their lives, or sleep, on hold because of their electronic devices.
They can seriously disrupt your sleeping habits by keeping you awake until late at night, even once you decided you’re off to bed due to the negative effects of blue light. So turn the sound off, and put your phone away so you can get a proper night’s rest. You can check those messages tomorrow.
Pets and sleep distraction are a universal issue. It’s really nice to snuggle with your pet and have them sleep close to you, but they can be as bad as babies, if not worse when it comes to waking you up at night. So unless you want to practice getting up in the middle of the night like parents do to change diapers, let your furry companion sleep in a separate room.
Sometimes, pets can be really good and just curl up a the bottom of the bed. But sometimes they’re really restless, running in and out of the bedroom and climbing every possible and impossible surface. And of course, like clockwork, they can go nuts at 6 AM as they’re excited to start their days. So unless you need an alarm to wake you up at that time, keep your precious pets out of the bedroom. No matter how cute they are, your rest is more important.
Food and Drinks
Yes, beloved caffeine could be the thing that’s keeping you awake. Even if you think you’re caffeine-resistant, it can sometimes still kick in quite unexpectedly and keep you up at night.
So regardless how used to it you are, try to avoid caffeine about 5-6 hours before going to sleep. Also, a lot of sugar, as well as spicy, greasy, and more or less any food consumd before bedtime can affect a good night’s rest, so try to avoid these too.
You’re just about to fall asleep, and your beloved partner twitches in his or her sleep. Boom, there goes your slumber. Squeaky bed or floor, old bouncy mattress — all of these things may seem insignificant, but they can actually seriously affect your sleep quality.
The motions in your bed from you or your partner, as well as the acts of getting up and walking around (especially if you have wooden floors) can also disturb your sweet dreams. Even if all this commotion is inevitable, you can at least reduce to a minimum the disturbances by getting a new mattress like from Mattress Makers. Oh, and don’t forget to oil your doors, too.
Your mind is your biggest friend and your greatest enemy. Going to bed with a mind upheaved is not ideal. This is your “noiseless” disturbance which is the most difficult to silence. So try some breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, herbal teas with calming effects, or some demanding physical activity. Exhaust your body, and the mind will have to obey. Also, listening to soothing music or sounds of nature may also prove beneficial.
Tips and image contributed by Thomas Boyd