Top 10 Ways to Sleep Tight
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
January 11, 2012
Filed Under Health
Contributed by Jennifer Andrews, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
A good night’s rest can be hard to find for people with insomnia, busy schedules and lack of time.
However, quality sleep is vital for good health, productivity and can help lower stress levels. The good news is that a full night’s sleep can be yours without having to spend your night counting sheep! Try one or more of these top ten ways to sleep tight tonight.
10. Quality mattress
A high-quality mattress can help you sleep tight and maintain comfort during slumber. A new, organic mattress instead of that old, smelly, lumpy one can help restore sleep patterns in healthy people. A new mattress can also do a lot to alleviate the discomfort of people with chronic pain from medical conditions. And choosing an organic one can help with allergies, too.
The right pillow can make all the difference in achieving a restful night’s sleep. Look for pillows that are contoured to your neck or made from memory foam to prevent neck and back aches and pains. Wedges, full body pillows and cervical pillows and other special shapes can help you sleep tight.
8. Bed-time snack
Munch on a bedtime snack before hitting the sack for a sound slumber and sweet dreams. Avoid eating heavy foods that may slow down digestion and opt for something simple such as whole-grain cereal with milk. Other good bedtime snacks include toast with a small amount of peanut butter, some soup or fresh sliced bananas.
7. Read a book
If you have trouble winding down at night, reading may be the ideal way to help you transition into a restful state. Read in a quiet room without any distractions such as bright lights or a television turned on in the background. Or turn off all the lights and listen to a soothing audio book. Pass on the horror stories, engaging murder mysteries and true crime in favor of spiritual books, poetry or inspiring stories (even for adults, bedtime stories work well!)
6. Take a bath
Drawing a warm bath prior to bed-time can help you drift off into sleep with more ease. This non-physical activity calms the mind and body, lowering the heart rate and blood pressure, to bring you into a relaxed state that will help you sleep safe and sound through the night.
Many insomniacs have trouble staying asleep because they have too much on their minds. Whether you are worried about something or thinking of a big day ahead, write down what’s on your mind before you slip into bed. The act of writing out what’s bothering you or a to-do list can help de-clutter your mind and help you relax into a restful sleep.
4. Turn off the lights
Trying to sleep in a bright room or even a dimly-lit room can be a distraction for many people and lead to disrupted sleep. Turn off all the lights at bed-time and ask your partner to read or watch TV in another room besides the bedroom if he or she is still awake.
3. Sleepy scents
Certain scents can induce relaxation and hence the sleepiness needed for a tight night’s sleep. Try rubbing a gentle lavender oil over your hands or around your neck prior to sleep; or consider dropping a few lavender bath beads into your bath water.
2. Herbal teas
A cup of warm, herbal tea is a great way to end the night and send you off to sweet dreams in bed. Herbal teas are caffeine-free which decreases the risks of insomia and anxiety that caffeine may induce.
1. Cozy comforter
Select a cozy comforter to cuddle up with at night and help you sleep tight. Avoid fabrics that irritate your skin or are too heavy leading to disruptive sleep patterns. Higher thread counts mean softer bed linens, so make your bed with sheets, blankets and a comforter that will lull you into dreamland.