10.18.2018

8 Tips For Getting The Best Sleep of Your Life


Good sleep is hard to come by. Sure, you might think you’re clocking in a solid eight hours of it,
but how many of those hours are slept well? REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, also known as
the third and deepest stage of snoozing, happens ninety minutes after you initially fall into light
sleep followed by deep sleep. Not only is REM sleep highly restorative to all of our cognitive
functions, it has an endless amount of health benefits that include a lesser chance of developing
post-traumatic stress disorder.

With so much going on in our day-to-day lives, we don’t realize the health of our sleep cycle
slipping through the cracks. If you’re ready to get the best sleep of your life, read on for a few
tips and tricks that will help you get there.

Get some comfortable sheets
In order to sleep well, make your bed a place you love to spend time in. Maybe the answer to
better sleep lies in ultra-comfortable, 100% cotton sheets that will have you sleeping like a baby.
Sheets that irritate your skin or slide around disrupt your sleep cycle more than you might think.
Silk sheets have various benefits to consider as well, like helping out your hair.

Consider a new mattress
First, ask yourself a question: when was the last time you bought a mattress? If you’ve been
sleeping on the same mattress for several years now, it may be time to consider investing in a
new one. In today’s modern age, there is a booming mattress industry (especially in New York
City) looking to cater to what you’re looking for. Do some research on the type of mattress that
would benefit you the most–memory foam or innerspring? Latex or hybrid? There are a number
of factors to consider before committing to a mattress, so make sure of your well-informed
decision.

No screens for an hour
Blue lights radiating from screens are known to be one of the biggest disruptors of sleep. It might
be time to create a healthy habit out of turning off your phone at least an hour before getting shut
eye. Not only will your eyes thank you in the long run, but you’ll feel your mind getting less
crowded, as well.

Read a good book
Researchers at the University of Sussex found that at least a half hour of reading reduced stress
levels more than any other method of relaxation. It’s true what they say–reading really is one of
the most efficient (and easiest) ways to fall asleep, and you’ll notice it in your headspace, too.

Reading a chapter of one of your favorite books before bed may be the secret to the best sleep of
your life.

Lights off
According to ancient Chinese medicine, if you put your hand in front of your face and you can
still see it, your room isn’t dark enough for a night of good sleep. Whatever it takes for you to
fall asleep quicker–blackout curtains, eyemask–make sure there is no visible light disrupting
your much needed sleep.

Avoid any bad habits
We all love a glass of wine before bed, but studies show it may actually be disrupting your night
more than you know. Alcohol, like cigarettes, are stimulants that will leave you buzzing well
before you reach any level of sleep. It may be time to cut out this habit and drink a warm cup of
tea instead.

Re-organize your room
Shifting the energy in your room around does wonders for your sleep. Moving our belongings
around became a practice we grew accustomed to in our college years, so it always brings about
a feeling of “spring cleaning” when we do. If you’ve been feeling restless, try something
different with your bedroom and you’ll be surprised how well you will sleep afterwards.

Exercise daily
As little as ten minutes of aerobics can have a dramatic impact on your sleep, according to
researchers. There are innumerable ways that exercise benefits catching enough Z’s, so no matter
what you do, you’ll feel the difference–as long as you do it! Having a consistent routine
incorporated into your daily schedule is essential to your sleep.

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