Six Ways to Sleep Better Each Night
December 29, 2017
Have you ever wondered how to sleep better each night? Or why city life, like in Singapore, makes it harder to maintain a healthy sleep cycle? The fact is, while there are a million and one sleep solutions out there, which ends up being effective tends to vary from individual to individual. The rule of thumb here is to figure out the reasons behind these late nights and look into how that can be rectified. Fortunately, we have some tips on how to sleep comfortably.
As sleep is imperative to our mental and physical well-being, it is highly recommended for everyone to pick up at least a couple of strategies on how to achieve better sleep and therefore, a better life.
1) Choose a bed that fits you and your partner
Our top recommendation on how to obtain better sleep is to invest in a quality mattress and/or bed. But then the next question is – what exactly makes a quality mattress? The creators of the luxurious bed from Sweden, Duxiana, have the answer. An excellent bed is one that takes who you are into account. For example, the DUXIANA beds can be customized according to one’s body shape, weight and personal preferences. In addition, thanks to this luxury bed’s ingenious design, the customisation options can differ between each partner. If you or your partner face problems such as back aches or radically different sleeping schedules, then your liberator might just be one of the DUXIANA beds.
2) Say Goodbye to Screens
In this modern day and age, how many of us go to sleep without any screens hovering over us? Pretty close to no one, I would imagine. Recent studies have demonstrated that screens close to our beds can send a ‘wakeful’ signal to our brains, which essentially keeps us up at night. The environment around one’s bed should be conducive for sleeping and lacking in distractions. This includes a TV that is switched on and a mobile that is placed on Do Not Disturb mode. By this point, one should realise that there is more to sleeping than just slipping into slumber.
3) Consider a bedtime routine
With all the possible entertainment options (e.g. Netflix, social media and the internet in general), it is no wonder we stay up late in bed one night after another. Unfortunately, this is not conducive to achieving better sleep, not one bit. But by crafting a bedtime routine, such as listening to calming music or doing yoga poses, it sends signals to your body and it will naturally get itself ready for bed.
4) Set a time and stick to it
Decide on a time to sleep and make sure you are in bed by at that time every night. It sounds easy to execute in theory, but with how stressful life can be in Singapore, this is more than a simple challenge. While one might think that finishing their work or chores is more important than a few extra winks, the continued lack of sleep will only make subsequent tasks even harder to complete. So if you are considering abandoning your bed for that chore tonight, best perish the thought.
5) Tucker yourself out
Exercising regularly makes sure that when it is time for bed, you will be tired enough to sleep. This is especially critical for those with mild insomnia or have a tricky time putting themselves to sleep every night. Not only does this help you sleep better, it also keeps you healthy and fit. Our last piece of advice here is to avoid exercising for it will be more likely to keep you awake in bed than not.
6) Reduce the Temperature
This sounds like a trick. But really, it isn’t. Recent studies have shown that lowered temperatures act as a signal which tells your body that it is time for bed. And even if you are one of those that prefers to bundle up in bed, it is recommended for you to stick a foot or arm out of the covers. Reduced temperatures lead to lower heart rates, which encourages one to slip into slumber more quickly.
Take up these tricks and tips and learn how to sleep better. If you find yourself with continued difficulties, it is recommended to consult a doctor or sleep specialist. Considering how a lack of sleep can potentially affect our health, it is unwise to underestimate its importance in the favour of a productive work day.