We’ve spent over 30 years helping others achieve the best night’s sleep possible with our natural mattresses and adjustable beds, and during this time we’ve come across countless sleep tips. However, we’ve consistently come across the same three habits of a good sleeper over and over again! We decided to share these characteristics to help you get a better night’s sleep:
Sleep is the ultimate me-time and good sleepers recognise it as such. Sleep allows your body to relax and rejuvenate so “good sleepers” don’t put it off in favour of other hobbies or activities. They acknowledge that by prioritizing sleep, they are giving their bodies the energy needed for the next day’s activities.
They place their sleep needs first even when decorating their bedrooms. They create a relaxing environment, perfect for achieving their needed rest. Some of the ways you can do this at home are by removing clocks and other time keeping devices (they’re proven to cause anxiety and disrupt sleep!) and reducing clutter. Be sure to set up your home office space outside of the bedroom and don’t allow work files to begin creeping towards your bedside table!
“Good sleepers” are disciplined and resist the temptation to needlessly spend the day in bed. They set themselves a realistic bedtime and wake time and consistently follow this. This allows their circadian cycles to adjust, helping them to feel tired at the right times in the evening, and energised at the ideal times in the morning. Such a disciplined, steady sleep cycle can also help you to wake up naturally without an alarm, reducing morning inertia.
They resist the temptation to have overly long lie-ins (even on the weekends!) and don’t hit the snooze button. This is key as snoozing can increase feelings of grogginess in the morning. Continuously falling back asleep and waking causes you to repeatedly begin your sleep cycle over again.
“Good sleepers” know that relaxing is key to a good night’s rest. Taking thirty minutes out of your day to spend time doing a soothing activity that you enjoy, allows your body to naturally relieve tension and unwind, making it easier to fall asleep. Relaxing also sends a message to your brain that it is time to start preparing for rest.
If you find it hard to relax and let go at the end of the day, try list writing. Depending on the cause of your stress, jot down a to-do list of everything you need to get done tomorrow, key things you need to remember from today or remind yourself of the good in your life by writing a list of things you are thankful for. It may seem simple, but list writing can help you to get things off your mind and enable your body to better enter a state of relaxation.
We at The Natural Sleep Company hope you’ve found these three tips as interesting as we did! For more expert advice, check out our library of blog posts or our Facebook page; we regularly update them with new sleep advice!