Have you ever stopped and wondered just how much time you spend asleep? In fact, we spend around 33% of our lifetimes either sleeping or trying to sleep. That’s a huge chunk of time, but unfortunately, it’s not time that we can get back. Studies show that spending this amount of time sleeping is physiologically vital. And if you’re not making the most of it, you’re missing out on a great opportunity to improve your overall health.
What makes a quality night’s sleep so essential to our general wellbeing? While our understanding of the science of sleep is an ongoing discovery, we do know that it helps us to focus, to be productive, and to stay healthy. Without proper sleep, we suffer mentally and physically. We can become less able to concentrate and make good decisions, and we can become more prone to illness. And yet, so many of us take the quality of our sleep for granted.
So how do you make the time you spend sleeping worth the investment? Here are seven top tips to help you make the most of the third of your life that you’ll spend asleep.
Create a relaxing sleep environment. The first step is to ensure that the place where you sleep is optimized to give you the best possible rest. Make sure your bedroom is a comfortable temperature – cool but not too cold. It should also be free from distraction, including too much light or noise.
Your bedding can also make a big difference. Invest in quality bed linens that are comfortable and will complement your sleeping style, whether you tend to run hot or cold through the night. Our bedding collection gives you a choice of a number of different fabrics, including Egyptian Cotton, Bamboo, Percale, Microfiber, and Cotton Sateen. One thing they all have in common is that they are soft, supple, and the best quality available with easy care, ensuring you slumber in complete comfort no matter the season. Finally, make sure that the clothes you wear to sleep in are comfortable and don’t impact your temperature the wrong way.
Set a sleep schedule. Our bodies love consistency, so it’s important to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day in order to create a good sleep schedule. This will help you get into a routine and regulate your circadian rhythm to ensure you get quality rest every night. This is another reason why it’s important to create a bedroom environment that you love and where you feel serene and comfortable. Forming those sleep habits can be a challenge at first, so give yourself the best shot by making your bed as inviting as possible!
Avoid screens before bed. Did you know that the blue light emitted from screens can disrupt our natural sleep cycle and keep us awake? To ensure the best sleep quality possible, aim to avoid screens (including phones, tablets, and TVs) for at least an hour before bed. Instead of scrolling through Instagram, try reading a book, or light a scented candle to signal to your body that it’s time to wind down. Put on a plush robe and some comfy slippers and soon you’ll be ready to settle into bed.
Get enough regular exercise. Regular exercise is another factor that can improve your sleep quality and help you fall asleep faster. Aim to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, or even better, take a walk outside in the fresh air.
Practice relaxation techniques. A few simple relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and guided imagery can help you relax and drift off to sleep.
Ultimately, it’s not just about the amount of time we spend sleeping but the quality of sleep that we enjoy. With some simple changes to your sleep environment and habits, you can ensure that you are getting quality rest each and every night. So, make sure you’re making the most of your sleep time – it’s well worth it!