Perhaps you wanted to watch ‘just one more episode’ of a certain on-demand television streaming service, or maybe it was too difficult to resist a second glass of that great merlot at dinner. Whatever your reason, you’re now struggling through your day, unable to focus and cursing your body for letting you down. Check if you commit one of the 3 cardinal rules of sleep outlined below so you can break the habit.
Do you love your bed?
If your answer was anything other than a resounding ‘Yes’, you’ve found your problem. You should love your bed and everything that goes with it: the mattress should feel comfortable and supportive, your pillow should make you feel sleepy and relaxed, and your bedding should be warm in winter and cool in summer. Not the case? Then it’s time to go shopping.
If you don’t want to buy a whole new mattress, start with the bedding. A few small changes to the type of material can help you sleep more soundly, so look into natural materials like wool from companies like MiniJumbuk. The improvement in material alone is sure to help. Throw away the electric heater, turn off the air conditioner, and sink into your fresh bedding for a good night’s sleep.
Do you see the light?
Then turn it off! The single greatest factor for a disturbed night is the environment, and while you might not be able to magically silence the barking dog next door, you can make a few small yet significant changes to your bedroom. Upgrade your curtains to thick, floor-length, dark-coloured material to stop pesky street lights from brightening up the room, and move all your electronic devices out of your bedroom. The amount of light produced by electrical devices while charging at night is significant, not to mention the sleep-disruptive blue light these devices emit while in use.
Do you have a bedtime?
If you answered no, you just failed the test. Now of course one of the perks of being an adult is being able to stay up as late as you like without getting in trouble. But consistency and routine are key when it comes to a good night’s sleep, so even if you don’t adopt a strict lights-out-at-9pm policy, you should aim to be turning off the light at a similar time each night. This will help train your body for sleep, and you will feel more rested the next day.
What bad sleeping habit have you tried to overcome? Share your tricks and tips in the comments below.