As you have probably heard before, you will spend about a third of your life sleeping. Since most of us have more trouble with our sleep hygiene than our personal hygiene, isn’t it only commons sense to only want to know what is the best way to get a good night’s sleep? A good night’s rest is very important to how we function the next day but with all the factors such as work, parenting, and diet that can interfere with how well we snooze the answer may not be as easy as we think, or is it? Well, continue reading this contributed post to see how easy these tips might just be… 

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We all know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep. And yet, in spite of this, far too many people end up sacrificing sleep for other things. After all, there are only so many hours in the day and trying to get everything done can often be something of a challenge. Because of that people end up staying up late or cutting back on how much sleep they’re getting for the sake of doing as much as possible.

However, while this might be a decent solution in the short term, in the long run, it’s just going to make things worse. A lack of sleep can be dangerous for both your mental and physical health, so here are a few ways to make sure that you’re getting enough sleep every night.

 

Get comfy

You’re never going to get a decent night’s sleep if you can’t get comfy at night. The first place to look in order to get comfier at night is here. This site helps you find the best possible mattress for your needs. You should also make sure that you’re washing your sheets as regularly as possible. Never underestimate how much of a difference sleeping on freshly washed sheets can make for how comfortable you are. The same goes for your pillows. Make sure that you’re replacing them at least every couple of years to avoid letting them get lumpy and uncomfortable.

 

Ditch the gadgets

There are a lot of things to love about our technology-dominated world. However, the truth is that spending every evening staring at your laptop or smartphone is just going to make getting to sleep that much harder. Electronic devices give off blue light which tricks your brain into thinking that it’s daytime. Instead, why not just sit and read a book for a little while? That way you’ll be able to relax and tire your eyes out, ready to get off to sleep as quickly as possible.

 

Get up earlier

There’s a pretty good chance that you’re not a morning person. Most of us find getting up in the morning to be something of a struggle and want nothing more than to stay snug in bed all day. However, getting up early is going to make your life a lot easier. Not only does it help you get more done during the day, so you’re less inclined to stay up late, but it helps you start to feel tired at a sensible time, so you’re not lying in bed unable to sleep. Make sure that you ignore that snooze button at all times! All it does it mess with your sleep patterns and make your life harder than it needs to be.

 

These things might seem like small changes that aren’t going to make much of a difference, but the truth is that they can have a huge impact on how well you’re sleeping, which is going to make life a lot of easier for you overall. Remember that getting enough sleep is simply too important for you to ignore.

 

Conclusion

Sleep, we do it every day but we often take advantage of its importance. We cut a little here or add too much there and throw or brain on a spiral which makes it so hard to function and sometimes we can’t understand why. Or do we. Yes, we do! Why, because we need a good night’s rest. 

A good nights rest is as simple as changing our sleep hygiene. Don’t worry I am as guilty as you and as a matter of fact, I woke up too early today to make breakfast for my family. I am gonna regret it later but today is special so I can slip up, right? Big deal you may say, but my doctor warned me. Any change is still a change to your brains routine. 

Last night was great though because I followed the first step to a tee. I made sure I was comfy and my room was the right temperature. My sheets and blanky smelt of my gain detergent, aww it was bliss. It really makes a difference.

Them pesky gadgets though, they really do make it difficult to fall to sleep. In fact, they make me anxious, so I don’t use my laptop anymore before bed I just watch Netflix in my living room. 

Getting up early makes a whole difference to your sleep hygiene. My doctor puts it this way, Your brain is used to shutting down at a certain time (when the sun goes down) and starting up at a certain time. That is why melatonin is only effective for this reason and not as a sleeping pill. 

If you still have trouble falling asleep after falling these tips you there are more ways to fall asleep that you can read. You can also try using an essential oil diffuser with some lavender if you have trouble staying asleep. I don’t like medications, so I use natural products whenever I can.

So, have you ever used any of these tips to help yourself get a good night rest? Are there more tips you use? I would love to hear your ideas below!

 

14 thoughts on “What is the Best Way to Get a Good Night’s Sleep – 3 Easy Tips”

  1. Thank you so much, this is perfect. I have been struggling to sleep for awhile now, and I will be putting my gadgets away tonight as I think I have been more involved with them recently, I will also try getting up early as I think my lack of sleep is making me stay in bed longer in the mornings and reading this I see that probably isn’t helping!! Thanks again.

    1. Hi Luke,
      Don’t worry you are not alone when it comes to sleeping in late but I have noticed that waking up early makes a big difference, you will feel so much better. And yes the device thing is crazy, don’t lay in the bed and watch or read with it, it will interrupt your sleep, trust me. You are welcome, thanks for the comment!

  2. Hi Melissa,

    I was really interested in reading this guide as I don’t particularly get a good night’s sleep. Probably because I do stare at my IPad before I do go to sleep.

    I didn’t know that about the blue light. That certainly makes sense.

    I did wonder though whether you can get a filter for your iPad to block this blue light? Is there even a thing? Could be.

    If I cannot have my iPad then would watching the TV be just as bad?

    Thanks,
    Owain

    1. Hi Owain,
      That is a good question. And the answer to that is this. The blue light is actually the same with the television and the best way to avoid this is to wind down by reading a book. We need to go back to the past and take a bath and then read a book before bed like our parents had us do as children, hehe.

  3. I like this post because Melissa I already went through a lot of them in the past. I have no problem in getting up early that is my routine and like you said if we get into a routine it makes it easier to do. This post makes a lot of sense thanks.

    1. Hi Fred,
      That is great. I am now locked into getting up early and my brain won’t let me sleep in even on the weekends and I get so much more done in the mornings. It is funny being up in the morning before everyone and I was a vampire lol. Thanks for the comment.

  4. An interesting tip about the blue light from smartphones and laptops,
    I remember now that when I was working we had a special screen over the computer screen. I have never been a person for gadgets of any kind so that is a good tip for everyone, With all the information and advice you have given we shouldn’t have any more trouble sleeping at night. I am a late night person and a late riser due to being retired. I do sleep quite well.

    1. Hi Pam,
      I remember that too, wonder why it ended. I was a late person myself Pam, a really late person but my meds won’t allow me to stay up anymore which is a great thing. But at least you sleep well.

  5. I have had a hard time sleeping, so recently bought a sleep number bed. Now I can raise the head and the knees/feet. So I have the comfy down. I need to heed your advice about putting the gadgets down. Every night I grab my phone, figuring I will only use it for a “few minutes” which turns into an hour or two. Then I can’t sleep. I am going to try ditching the gadgets!

    1. Yeah, you definitely got the comfy down. When do I move in? Just kidding LOL 😀 I use to do that in the past so feel bad, in fact, I use to watch Netflix on my tablet in the bed, that’s just great. So we all are guilty of something but we all learn something and we can pass it on to each other. I am sure you will get a hang of the gadget thing just like you did the comfy.

  6. Hi Melissa, this is a great article that can help us have a good night sleep. Ditch tablets and gadgets is a must to have a good sleep and these things make our brain tired and restless. I really love your tips and will follow all of them. As always, a great post from you again, thank you.

    1. Hi Sarah,
      Thanks for the kind words! I am glad you found the post useful. Thank you for the comment!!!

  7. Thanks for sharing these tips, Melissa! I know how important is sleep, but still, make mistakes. It’s hard for me to get up earlier, and the best ideas for my novels, poems or other stuff come to me in the late evening or night. So yes, I sacrifice sleep sometimes. I think I also like how peaceful and silent everything is at night, and I can concentrate on my work. But at the same time, I know that I need to do something about it. Sometimes I try to get up early, but later I end up with a headache and all my day is destroyed. Lol. Maybe something is wrong with me. But when I finally go to sleep, it’s good. I never had/have a problem with falling asleep.
    Thanks again, Melissa, for your great post!

    1. Hi Linda,
      Don’t worry I think everyone makes some type of sleep mistake and if they don’t they are in denial, lol. I use to do the same thing. It took my meds to make me so tired that I couldn’t stay up at night for me to finally go to be on time so I can’t take the credit, lol. Now that I go to sleep and get up early I feel great. I get my work done really early after my kids go to school. I feel like a new person, hehe. I am glad you found the post useful and I wish you all the best with your sleeping habits.

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