Getting a good night’s sleep starts far before you crawl into bed at night.
It begins much earlier in your day. Your entire lifestyle affects your sleep. Your diet, your habits- they all tie together to either help you sleep… or to keep you lying awake at night, wondering what to do for better sleep. By making few lifestyle choices you can improve your nightly sleep today! A good mattress, a healthy meal, and maybe a few less cups of coffee, can turn you into a master of sleep.
Cut off the caffeine
Sure, we all love our coffee or tea. But when it comes toward the end of the day, it’s time to start cutting back. A general rule of thumb for what to do for better sleep is to cut off caffeine consumption by 12pm. This gives your body enough time to process the caffeine, use it, and then be rid of it. Some people are more caffeine-tolerant than others, so this time can be based on your own personal feeling. Try cutting the caffeine around noon and see how you feel.
Embrace a routine
The repetition of your nighttime routine lets your mind and body know that it’s time to start winding down. By embracing the routine, you create the time and space for your mind to relax – because we all know the stresses of trying to get in bed at night when your mind is buzzing in a thousand different directions. Go through the normal motions, like brushing your teeth, etc, then see what you can add for ultimate relaxation prior to slipping under the sheets.
Eat a healthy dinner
Enjoying a healthy meal isn’t just good for your waistline, it’s good for sleep, too! Research shows that certain foods can help you sleep, such as complex carbs and poultry. Complex carbs and poultry, when eaten together, can increase the production of serotonin, which is a relaxing hormone. Those Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Peppers are sounding pretty good right about now.
Bonus tip: Try drinking tart cherry juice before bed! Experts found that it might even be more effective than melatonin.
Make your surroundings sleep-friendly
Flashing lights, loud noises, and fidgety animals (or a fidgety significant other) probably aren’t doing much good for your sleep cycle. You want a quiet, dark, and comfortable place to sleep. The first place to start is (of course) your bed! Sleep Number® beds are our favorite, because they can be customized to your ideal firmness. If you’re sharing your sleep space with someone else, they can adjust their Sleep Number® setting as well! Investing in a good bed is the first step to creating your sleep sanctuary, so make sure you pick a good one. Sleep Number beds last twice as long as regular mattresses, but will help you sleep way better!
Adjusting your lifestyle can lead to sounder sleep and better rest at night. And oh, look at that- we found some Sleep Number beds on sale. Invest in a good mattress and make a few lifestyle changes to enhance your rest and enjoy the benefits of good sleep!