If you want to sleep better then you’ve come to the right place because I’m about to share with you easy tips you can use to do just that. Remember, you need to sleep better if you want to get up in the morning feeling rested and ready to take on your day.
Sleep is vital to your journey of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle. But a lot of people aren’t getting enough of it. There are so many demands on our time that we find ourselves going to bed late and having to get up early.
But the demands are not the problem. The problem lies in the poor management of our time that drives us to sleep later than we should.
So I’m about to share with you tips that will help you sleep better so your body can repair itself and keep carrying you for the rest of your life.
- Tip #1: Be honest with yourself about the amount of sleep you need
This tip is very crucial if you want to sleep better. Some people think they need only a short sleep because they heard such and such a millionaire is only getting four hours of sleep every night and now they must do that because somehow they think it’s trendy.
I used to have that mentality. If I read of a great person who slept five hours, I’d try to copy them and feel like a failure if I didn’t succeed at doing that. You cannot copy another person’s sleep pattern. Our bodies are different so you have to listen to yours about how much sleep you need.
Now that I’m listening to my body more and being honest with myself, I know I need between 7 and 8 hours of sleep every night. So I always make sure to get those hours and doing that ensures I wake up feeling well rested and eager to start my day.
So, don’t worry about how many hours your spouse, or neighbor or colleague is sleeping. Listen to your own body to learn how much sleep you need. That will definitely help you sleep better.
- Tip #2: Go to bed at the same time every night and get out of bed at the same time every morning
People often talk about the first part of this tip: going to bed at the same time every night. And that is extremely important because it gets built into your body’s own clock so that your body knows when it’s ready to get to bed.
Ever since I started listening to my body, I’ve established the time I go to bed and my body knows that time well. I’m wiped out and my eyes automatically close between 09:30 and 10pm.
Now, equally important if you want to sleep better, is the second part of this tip: get out of bed at the same time every morning. By going to bed at the same time every night and getting out of bed at the same time every morning, you just about cement your body’s clock system.
Now, without even being conscious of time your body shuts down at the right time and is awake even before your alarm clock goes off in the morning. In fact, now you don’t even need your alarm clock anymore.
I fall asleep between 09:30pm and 10pm and get out of bed at 05:30am. My body has gotten so eerily familiar with that that most times I wake up a few seconds before my alarm goes off. Sometimes it goes off right as I’m turning it off.
So, take this tip as a complete set if you want to sleep better. Don’t practice the first part and neglect the second part because they are equally important.
- Tip #3: When you are not sleeping, spend your day outside of the bedroom
This is a tip no one talks about but it’s very important. You are going to get the most out of your sleep if you go into your bedroom just to sleep at night. Spend the rest of your day outside of your bedroom. If you have to work, take your work to another part of the house.
The same thing goes for when you want to nap during the day, maybe in the afternoon. Do your napping on the couch in the living room, or someplace else if the living room is noisy.
That works wonders for me. It’s funny because if I lie on my bed and fall asleep during the day, I can’t sleep a wink during the night. Yet if I’m sitting at my desk working, and I feel sleepy, I can drop my head on the desk and easily sleep for an hour and I’ll still get to sleep the whole night. Maybe it’s just entirely psychological for me, but that’s how it works.
Because I spend all of my time outside of the bedroom during the day, I actually look forward to going to bed at night.
- Tip #4: Reduce your naps during the day
This follows from Tip #3. Reduce your naps during the day so you can sleep better at night. During the day, take one nap and limit it to an hour maximum. You are supposed to be working during the day anyway.
- Tip #5: Get the TV out of the bedroom
Seriously. Those bedrooms you see on TV, fully furnished with every kind of furniture including the TV are not ideal if you want to sleep better. Put the TV in the living room where you can watch it during the day.
Even then, stop watching TV several hours, maybe 4, before you retire to bed. This lets your mind go into a peaceful calm state. You don’t want to watch the news and have your mind agitated and your body unable to fall asleep.
- Tip #6: Don’t read before bed
Reading before bed just doesn’t work for me. But I do have a book I can read anytime in my bedroom: the bible. That’s the only book you should have handy beside you.
Reading any other material like novels, newspapers and magazines just before bed works against you the same way watching TV just before bed does. It agitates your mind and body too much.
- Tip #7: Don’t eat just before going to bed
I’ve been guilty of doing this so many times before. I still do it sometimes, and eating before bed is such a bad idea. There’s nothing worse than falling asleep on a full stomach. Rather, stop eating at least two hours before you go to bed.
That way you let your food settle and your body digest your food so that now it works on repairing itself during the night. It’s not ideal to have your body digest your food during the night when it could be working on repairing itself.
- Tip #8: Meditate before going to bed
Meditation doesn’t require anything other than some quietness. In fact if you do it often and long enough, you can even meditate wherever you are, even inside a noisy bus.
Meditating on the right things works wonders in calming your mind. I do my meditation in my bed. Even as I lie there dozing off, I’m meditating on God’s word and repeating his promises and blessings to myself. That’s the most perfect way to doze off.
- Tip #9: Have clean bedding at all times
This tip is very crucial. You can’t sleep better on dirty sheets. Set a schedule for when you change your bedding. I have a schedule, and if I go over it by even a day, I can’t fall asleep, even when my bedding isn’t any dirtier than it was yesterday. Programming yourself to use clean bedding will put your mind and body at ease and help you sleep better.
- Tip #10: Keep the lights on or switch them off, whichever is preferable for you
We used candles for light at home when I was growing up until we finally had electricity when I was 16. So until I was sixteen we slept in the dark because you know you can’t have a candle burning when you are asleep. So I thought lights always have to be off.
When we got electricity, it turned out I loved sleeping with the lights on much more. But I did switch them off at first because that’s what I thought was the right thing to do. But it wasn’t for me. I prefer to sleep with the lights on.
If you live with others, you might be compelled to copy their preferences when it comes to sleeping with your lights on/off. Don’t. If everyone else sleeps with their lights off and you sleep better with your lights on, then keep your lights on. You want to be as comfortable as possible if you want to sleep better.
The final word
A good night sleep is indispensable to enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle, so ensure that you get as much as your body needs. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have so much work that it should eat into your sleep time.
No, revise your work schedule so you do your work during the day and you sleep during the night. Up your time management skills. Everyone should be able to get at least 6 hours of sleep at night. Everyone.
Thank you for reading this post. I hope it was helpful in helping you sleep better. Please tell us what works for you by leaving a comment.
Check out this interesting read if you want more tips to help you sleep better:
Natural sleep remedies: 10 tips to improve your sleep by mamanatural.com