We all know that amazing feeling after having a good night's sleep. You feel refreshed and ready to take on anything that the day brings you. Not only are you feeling physically energized but mentally you feel calm and clear headed.
Now think about how you feel when you’ve had a poor night’s sleep. That feeling when it takes all the will power in the world just to drag yourself out of bed. Your body is exhausted from tossing and turning all night, and you can’t shake that foggy headed feeling no matter how many double espressos you have.
Now, which physical and mental state do you want to be in morning after morning, all year long? We know we’ll definitely be going with the first one!
As we gear into the first month of 2021, we have an opportunity to reset and really evaluate what is important in our lives. And as cliche as it sounds, there’s really nothing more important than a good night sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep affects more than just your day to day life.
While you sleep your body is working to heal and repair itself. Sleep deficiency has been linked to increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney diabetes, stroke and other serious illnesses.
Sleep also plays an important role in brain health. Sleeping is linked to learning, memory and clear thinking, and it affects our emotional wellbeing.
There are numerous studies done on the importance of sleep, and yet only one in ten Americans consider sleep to be their top priority. So how can we make sure that we’re prioritizing sleep in 2021? By investing in a few key areas, we can make it a lot easier on ourselves to make sure we’re getting enough quality sleep every single night.
Here are some ways to invest in a good night sleep, because you deserve to feel your best:
Invest in Good Quality Bedding
Have you ever been on a trip, exhausted from a long day of sightseeing, only to get back to your hotel room to an uncomfortable, lumpy bed? No matter how tired you are, you’ll be tossing and turning all night.
Most people take their time choosing the perfect mattress for their bedroom, but often less care is taken for choosing the rest of the bedding. But good quality sheets, pillowcases and duvets are just as important. Whether you need hemp sheets to stay cool at night, or prefer the sleek feeling of organic cotton sheets, you want to choose the bedding that is right for you.
You can sleep even better knowing that Delilah Home’s bedding is 100% organic, fair trade and vegan certified. You can keep yourself and your family safe from harmful toxins with our chemical free sheets.
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Create a Bedtime Routine
We all know the secret to a successful start to your day is a morning routine, but have you created a bedtime routine? It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Your routine can be simple actions that you repeat every night to signal to your brain that it's time to go to bed.
This can be as easy as lighting a candle, reading a book, light stretching or giving yourself a little face massage. Anything that gives your body and brain a chance to unwind. Because when we go from our daytime tasks directly to bed, your brain is still in working mode when your head hits the pillow. Which is even more stressful when you can’t fall asleep right away!
The most important part of a bedtime routine is doing it around the same time every night. Getting to sleep at a consistent hour is one of the best ways to get a good quality night sleep.
Purchase a Noise Machine
Purchasing a noise machine can be a game changer for sleep quality. If you live in a noisy area, there’s nothing more annoying than hearing traffic or other noises when you’re trying to sleep. It can actually trigger sleep anxiety, which can lead to insomnia. A noise machine can help cancel out outside noises and put your mind at rest.
Even if you live in a quiet area, a noise machine can create a peaceful atmosphere in your bedroom and give your brain something to focus on while drifting to sleep.
And if you’re mind goes to those old fashioned snore machines your dad had growing up, think again! These days there are noise machines with hundreds of different sounds, from white noise to waves crashing.
Spend 5 Minutes Meditating before Bed
One of the easiest ways to improve your sleep quality is to meditate for just a few minutes before bed every night. This simple act is a great transition to go from your bedtime routine to lights out. Sit up with your back resting against your wall or headboard, your hands resting on your legs and your eyes closed.
Don’t try too hard to clear your brain. Instead, relax and softly let your brain focus on something positive. This can be something you’re looking forward to, something you’re trying to bring more of into your life or even someone who makes you happy. Chances are you’re probably going to dream about this thing, so make sure it’s something you enjoy!
Now that you’ve learned how to invest in a good night sleep, you can feel proactive about your physical and mental health. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t accomplish all of these every night. Getting quality sleep is a practice that will hopefully get easier with time.