Seriously, this is a blog post? I go to bed every night and wake up in the morning, clearly I know what I’m doing. I’ve done it every single day since I was born! Well you are correct, you are sleeping, but there might be a better way.
Read on to start sleeping better!
- Technology is your enemy. That’s right, it is not your friend and we don’t mean in the Big Brother way. Are you watching Netflix in bed or answering emails before you go to sleep? Your brain struggles transitioning from the stimulation it receives to the unrealistic expectation of immediately falling asleep. Turn off the phone before getting in bed. Allow your mind the time to unwind. Keep your phone in a separate room so you don’t feel the need to keep checking it. Instead of using your phone as an alarm clock, purchase an inexpensive alarm clock.
- You rely on sleep technology. Stop paying attention to your wearable devices. It creates a false sense of rest. Instead, focus on how you feel when you wake up. If you feel refreshed, then you slept well. Trackers can alter your perception of sleep. If it shows you were restless, you subconsciously take on the belief you slept poorly. Stop it! Don’t sleep with one, rely on how you feel when you wake up.
- You are a stomach sleeper. Sleeping face down can cause long-term neck and back pain. The twisted position both hurts your spine, but also reduces air flow. Changing sleeping positions can be tough, but using pillows to wedge yourself on your back or side, can help the transition.
- You drink alcohol close to bedtime. Studies have consistently shown that alcohol consumed before bedtime drastically reduces your REM sleep. If you are going drink, start earlier and taper off the consumption through the night.
- You have no bedtime. If you have children, you know how critical it is to keep them on a schedule. Why do you think that changes as you age? Newsflash, it doesn’t change!! Your body craves consistency. Depriving your body of a routine prevents the proper chemicals and hormones from releasing and activating. The benefits of a routine extend beyond feeling refreshed though. Studies have shown that irregular bedtime routines can increase blood sugar and blood pressure.
Are you sleeping wrong? Most likely! But the good news is that it is easy to change. Start with just one of these items and as you succeed, add in a new one. Sleep is the foundation of our lives. When you sleep well, you can live life more fully! For products that can help you sleep better, like weighted blankets, pillows, and mattresses, check us out at Bolstersleep.com.