Some people cannot wait until it’s time for bed. A cozy bed with fresh sheets just seems to initiate sleep. Others cannot get the past day out of their minds and will toss and turn for hours. To make matters worse, telling yourself that you must fall asleep is a sure way to stay wide awake.
Here are some tips for getting a good night’s rest so you are able to wake feeling refreshed.
Start a night time ritual. This can help to shut down your mind from the day and turn on your sleep mode. Don’t select anything that causes excitement or stress, but something where your brain can completely shut off. Working on a puzzle, reading a book, watching a documentary or talking to your higher power are examples of night time rituals.
Keep the thermostat set between 60 and 67 degrees. Nothing interrupts sleep faster than breaking out into a sweat from overheating. Your body heat will keep you warm and comfortable.
Turn off the TV and the lights. These are both distractions that will call your name as soon as you begin to drift off. Then you have to start all over again.
Certain scents are relaxing and soothing when they have a light, lingering smell. Try lavender, chamomile, bergamot, jasmine, rose or sandalwood for your preference. Add 5 drops of your favorite scent to ½ cup of water and pour into a spray bottle. Spray your pillow with a mist before retiring and notice how relaxed your feel.
If your mattress is over 10 years old, it’s time for a new one. Mattresses lose their support over years of repeated wear. You may be so used to the bumps and dips that you don’t realize just how uncomfortable it really is.