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There is nothing worse than getting a stormy night's sleep. You wake up feeling achy, exhausted and often a little anxious, but why put up with this?
In our lives, we spend, on average, 33 years asleep and an extra seven simply trying to sleep! So, rather than wasting seven years of your life tossing and turning, take these tips and tricks to turn every night's sleep into a great night's sleep.
It's time to stop dreaming of a better sleep situation. Revitalising your room is the perfect place to start.
Simply swapping out your sheets won't do; you should be looking at the room as a whole when planning out your new sanctuary.
Selecting the perfect wooden bed head is the first step to creating a relaxing atmosphere for your bedroom space.
Opting for a warm, earthy-toned bedroom will conjure images of peace and tranquillity.
Choosing a deep dark wood will help cultivate a calming space for rest that's inspired by nature, almost as if you're laying amongst the trees on a lazy summer's evening.
After selecting the perfect bedroom furniture to anchor you in your calming enclave, it's time to find good quality sheets and the perfect pillow to lay your weary head.
Finding supportive and breathable materials in similarly earthy tones is the way to go; no longer will your bedroom be a place of unrest but a safe haven for sleep and sweet dreams.
I know many of us are guilty of falling asleep on the couch after a few too many episodes of that sitcom rerun or, similarly, hitting the snooze button a few too many times.
Sure, it doesn't seem like a big deal at the time, but falling asleep and waking up at irregular times can actually become a major setback with regard to your sleep hygiene.
Setting yourself a sleep schedule that you can stick to will help your body's internal clock reset.
If you're able to maintain a consistent schedule, getting your eight hours will become second nature in next to no time at all.
Ensure you're being strict with yourself and using your room purely as a sanctuary for sleep. This will teach your body that you should ideally be asleep when you're in bed, and when you leave this sanctuary, it's time to be up and about.
Investing in good quality bedding may be one of the more enticing options for improving your sleep quality, but ensuring you make time to exercise can be just as necessary.
Poor exercise is one of the leading causes of insomnia, so if you're struggling to snooze, it's time to work that body.
This doesn't mean you turn to training for the next Olympics, but making time for the designated 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day can be the difference between a night of tossing and turning versus a night of sweet dreams.
Ensuring you get your daily workout in, will not only improve your overall sleep quality but may also greatly reduce the time it takes you to fall asleep.
Much like your daily exercise routines, what you consume on a daily basis can also greatly affect your sleeping patterns and habits.
Bad news for all the sweet tooths out there, but the consumption of sugary foods and drinks have correlations with poor sleeping patterns.
As with everything, there needs to be balance, and healthy food equates to healthy sleep, so improving your overall diet will ensure you're not sluggish and sleepy after an evening of poor shut-eye.
However, it's not just what you eat; it's when you eat too. Eating too close to bed leads to your food still being digested and puts you at risk of acid reflux while you try to sleep, so unfortunately, that means no midnight snacks.
Your bedroom shouldn't be viewed as a place you just passively end up when your day comes to a close.
Bedtime should evoke feelings of relaxation and zen, not sentiments of scrolling through your phone endlessly, with one of our most major distractions being the 24/7 access we have to the internet.
It's time to stop overstimulating our brains. Much like creating your sleep sanctuary, finding a nightly ritual that works for you should evoke feelings of calm and stillness.
Start with dimming the lights and turning off devices to ensure that your drifting into sleep becomes a mindful and welcome experience.
Light a candle as you brush your teeth and invest in sleep sprays to enhance your experience. Whatever you choose to do, do so with the intention of turning your nightly eight hours into a blissful and refreshing event.
We spend almost a third of our lives in bed, so whether it's creating a room of dreamy interiors to set your internal clock to snooze, or eating a balanced diet, looking after yourself will be endlessly beneficial for your sleep schedule.
So from here on out, you'll be well-rested and ready to take on the days to come, seeking comfort in the knowledge that, with these quick changes, bad sleep will be a thing of nightmares past with all these subtle secrets at your disposal.