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11 Ways to Improve Your Sleep

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Not getting enough quality sleep can affect everything from work performance to overall mood. If you find yourself tossing and turning every night, hitting snooze on the alarm a few times every morning, and then ending up groggy throughout the day, check out the slideshow to find out how you can improve your sleep with just a few simple lifestyle changes.

11. Stick to a Schedule

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While sleeping in all weekend may be tempting, studies show that waking up at the same time every day (even on weekends) is the best way to set your body’s sleep-wake cycle. Try going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, instead of grinding through the work week only to throw your entire schedule off every weekend.

10. Develop a Bedtime Ritual

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Bedtime routines signal the body that it’s time to wind down and sleep for the night. Your bedtime routine can be anything from brushing your teeth and combing your hair to taking a warm bath or shower and curling up with a good book. Whatever you choose, repeat the ritual every single night, without fail, and you’ll soon find your bedtime ritual makes falling asleep much easier.

9. Avoid Caffeine Before Bed

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Caffeine can affect your body for up to eight hours, so getting a good night’s sleep may mean cutting out caffeine in the afternoon and evening. Remember, caffeine can be found in more than just coffee. Many teas, soda and even chocolate should be avoided long before bedtime!

8. Make Your Room Comfortable

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Keeping your room cool (around 65 degrees), dark and quiet sets the ideal environment for a great night’s sleep. Invest in a good mattress and replace your pillows whenever necessary, as well. You want your room to be as comfortable and free from distraction as possible, so you can fall asleep easier and wake up feeling more rested.

Laura uses her extensive background in the beauty industry to pass on invaluable tips and advice to her readers! Find Laura on LinkedIn!

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