Do you have mornings when you wake up feeling tired and drowsy? I used to have them, and most of the times that happened I was dragging through everything I had to do on those days. I resented that, and I started thinking: maybe it had something to do with how I slept, perhaps something was not right. I did some research and found out which were the “usual suspects” to blame for the unsettled mornings: stress, hard work, worrying too much, not eating correctly and not respecting a sleeping schedule, falling asleep with the TV on, but also sleeping on the wrong mattress.
I had to do something! So I took my research further on, and I discovered there are a few simple tricks anyone can apply to make sure they get a peaceful, relaxant rest. I put some of them into practice and puff! My woozy mornings have entirely disappeared. Magic? Not really: a little bit of science, discipline, and determination.
Let me share with you these simple things we can do to improve our sleep and enjoy an abundant energy the next day:
1. Get the right mattress
You might think this is the last problem to worry about, but the mattress you sleep on doesn’t just influence the way you feel when waking up, but also your long-term general health. That’s why you have to find the product that addresses best your needs and preferences. I know it’s easier said than done, with so many brands and types on the market, but you should get the best mattress help there is and invest in your well-being.
2. Consider your sleeping style
When choosing the perfect mattress, remember there is no “standard firmness” to meet everyone’s needs. Most people sleep best on products which present a medium level of resistance, especially if they are prone to back pains. Trying out mattresses is the only way to determine what feels best for you; if shopping online, look for retailers who offer trial periods and make sure to check the return policy. One essential aspect to consider when deciding on the type of mattress and level of firmness is your sleeping position. Back sleepers need stiffness, while stomach sleepers require support and side sleepers prefer beds capable of relieving pressure.
3. Keep your bedroom clean and cool
Let fresh air and sunlight in your bedroom every day and avoid artificial lights during the night; keep everything clean, especially the mattress and mainly if you have allergies. Allergen-protective covers are a reliable ally when it comes to fighting the dust and dust mites. Also, a too hot bedroom is not the best environment for a good sleep. Lower down the temperature and resist the temptation of taking a hot shower right before going to bed. Take it a bit sooner than that!
Apart from what I’ve already told you, you may try to: set a sleeping schedule; relax before bedtime, exercise during the day; eat light (and preferably not in bed!) and avoid stimulators before going to bed, such as coffee, alcohol, cigarettes and energizing drinks. Shut down the electronic devices and try unwinding your mind, maybe with the help of a few piece-of-cake relaxation and breathing techniques. See what works out for you best, and you’ll feel fresh and invigorated every morning!