These 5 Sleep Hacks Will Help You Get a Better Night’s Rest

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Do you have trouble sleeping? It’s amazing how many of us would raise our hand if asked this question. Trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or getting a quality night’s rest can all be caused by a number of factors – from stress, to an active mind, the foods we eat, and more.

Sleep impacts your quality of life. The more rested you feel, the more sharp your mind is. We’ve all had those days when we’re so tired we feel like we can’t think or function properly. Getting enough quality sleep is so important for everyone’s health and wellbeing.
 

Sleep impacts your quality of life.

 
When it comes to sleeping better, it’s important to take an inventory of your daily habits. From what you eat and drink throughout the day, to your evening routine and more, these habits dictate the quality of your sleep.
 

Try These 5 Simple Hacks to Sleep Better Tonight:

This article explores a few simple, attainable ways to help you sleep better that are easy to implement and don’t take a lot of time or cost a lot of money.
 

1. Watch For Stimulants In Your Diet

Are you a coffee lover? Do you look forward to your daily afternoon sweet treat? While a cup of coffee may seem innocent enough, caffeine can keep your energy levels high for much longer than you may think.
 
Sugar works the same way. As your body metabolizes sugar, you continue getting energy spikes hours after consumption. Depending on your sensitivity level, even that 2pm coffee or pastry can contribute to you feeling alert or energized long into the night hours.
 
Ready to ditch the sugar altogether for a healthier you? Read Get Healthy and Ditch the Sugar! 10 Tips to Do a Sugar Detox
 
 

2. Add Natural Supplements to Your Nightly Routine

Certain herbal teas like Chamomile are naturally relaxing and soothing for the body. Drinking a hot beverage is soothing for the nervous system and herbal teas take the relaxation effect to a whole new level.
 
Melatonin is a hormone that naturally occurs in the body. Many people take melatonin as a way to help reset or balance the body’s internal clock for better sleep. These are two easy, natural supplements for better sleep that you can add to your nightly routine.
 
 

3. No Screens!

We’re all glued to our smartphones, iPads, computers and TVs. Many of us spend our evenings unwinding by watching TV or surfing the internet. While having a routine to unwind is actually great for better sleep, the routine should not include screens.
 
Electronic screens emit a blue light that actually reduces the amount of melatonin our bodies naturally produce. Translation: looking at screens before bed disrupts our natural sleep/wake cycle, which makes it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.
 
 

4. Consider Your Bedding

You can’t sleep if you’re too hot or too cold, and it’s tough to stay asleep if you’re uncomfortable. The most common culprit? Your bedding! Consider the season and choose sheets appropriately (ie if it’s winter, add an extra layer and if it’s summer, you can put those flannel sheets away).
 
Body temperature is a big factor in staying asleep all night. There’s actually performance bedding that regulates body temperature for better sleep. SHEEX offers bedding with breathability and moisture-wicking technology so you can sleep better.
 
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5. Consider Your Setting

Finally, your setting – just like your bedding – can impact your quality of sleep. If you have a lot of windows, make sure you have blinds that completely shut out the light. If you live in a busy area, try white noise or earplugs to block out surrounding sounds.
 
Even things like the color and feng shui (layout and design) of your bedroom can play a role in the quality of your sleep. Choose colors that are calming and soothing (like blue), and design your room in a way that’s relaxing and inviting.
 

Experience Better Sleep Tonight and Feel Better Tomorrow!

Want one final bonus hack for better sleep? Yoga! There are many yoga poses you can practice for a better night’s sleep. It doesn’t take long, and you don’t even have to leave your living room (or bedroom!). Just roll out your yoga mat or hop into bed and do a few simple yoga poses like Childs Pose, Forward Fold, Legs Up the Wall, and Savasana.
 
Or, if you’d prefer a guided online class, Practice This 30-Minute Bedtime Yoga Sequence For Better Sleep.
 
Start sleeping better tonight so you can feel better tomorrow. With these simple hacks for better sleep, you can stop counting sheep and start enjoying quality sleep now. Sweet dreams!
 

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