Smart Slumber: Four Ways to Get Better ZZZ’s
Sleep is the most important thing to ensure that we keep our system running optimally. We spend a third of our life in bed, and rightfully so. It is healing and restorative and most of us take it for granted.
Here are four things you can do to ensure a great night’s sleep.
Make a List
Take five minutes to write your to-do list for the next day. Getting it out of your head and down on paper will help you feel more organized. This can help slow your spinning wheels as you prepare for a good night’s rest.
Take a Bath
Your body temperature naturally dips at night. So if you raise it a few degrees with a hot bath, the cool-down period relaxes you and you will more easily fall into a deep sleep. A twenty-minute soak is all you need for the benefit of this calming nighttime ritual.
Chill the Air
While it may seem too chilly for some, the perfect suggested sleeping temperature is 68 degrees. Your body temperature naturally lowers during slumber and rises at the end of your sleep cycle to signal that it is time to wake. By keeping a low room temperature, you're helping your body do its job. A room that is too warm will interfere with your body’s natural rhythm and create a restlessness night in bed.
You may find it relaxing to lie in bed and watch television or play a game on your phone. However, that habit may be keeping you from your best sleep. Lit screens are stimulating to the brain, so it's best to avoid them right before bed. Turn it off and read a book. Your beauty rest is too important.