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You may know that the recommended amount of sleep is seven to nine hours per day for adults. What you may not know is that how well you sleep is just as important as how long. Many people sleep all night but they’re restless. They toss and turn constantly or wake up throughout the night. If this is you, then it’s time to look for ways to improve your quality of sleep so you wake up feeling fresh and rested each day.
Here are four tips to better, more restful sleep:
- Create a good sleep environment. Your bedroom should be free of electronics, especially your cell phone. This way you won’t be tempted to check social media or email during the night if you wake. Remove anything from the room that casts light and use blackout curtains to keep outside light from shining in. Maintain a comfortable temperature and invest in a good mattress set.
- Don’t watch the clock at night. When you’re trying to go to sleep or wake up during the night, it’s tempting to see what time it is. Try to avoid doing this because it can create more stress that keeps you up even longer.
- Prepare yourself for sleep. What you do right before bed plays a major role in how well you sleep. Spend an hour or two before bedtime preparing for sleep. Take a soothing bath, read a good book, work a puzzle or do whatever helps you relax and it will help you sleep more peacefully all night long.
- Go to bed and get up around the same time each day. Maintaining a good sleep schedule will help you get a better night sleep. It sets your internal clock so that you naturally begin to feel sleepy around your usual bedtime and automatically wake up around the same time each morning. This consistency helps train your body to sleep better during those nighttime hours.
These tips can help you create a better environment where you can relax and rest more peacefully. You will notice a big difference in how you feel, act and socialize once you start getting better, more restful sleep each night.