As someone who suffers from insomnia, I can sympathize with struggling to get a good night of sleep, no matter what you do. This can make daily life a struggle if you're tired.
While there is no definite cure, I want to spread as many tips and tricks as I can. Here, we believe everyone deserves to feel well-rested to pursue their dreams and goals! While insomnia can make that difficult, here are some things that can make it a bit easier.
Firstly, as difficult as it may seem, try and sleep and wake up at the same time. On free days, try to only sleep in an hour or two more than you would usually wake up at. This helps your body regulate the chemicals which make you tired and awake. Knowing exactly when to release the chemicals can make waking up and going to sleep easier. While naps are helpful to catch up on sleep, they should be limited to a few times a week, and only being a couple of hours in length. Anything longer can condition your body to expect sleep at that time, leading to more midday drowsiness and urge to nap even if you slept well the night before.
Try to use your bed only for sleeping and relaxing. Bringing stress into your bed can cause you to associate that space with tension and stress and work, rather than relaxing. While separating work and life, especially in these times, can be difficult, simply doing the best you can be taking a step towards improving your sleep.
If you're anything like me, you always crave a snack right before bed.
While a heavy meal can disrupt your sleep by digesting, a small snack can help satisfy those light hunger feelings! If you find yourself snacking excessively, a bit of tea or hot cocoa usually helps me feel full, warm, and cozy! I never end up finishing my tea, as I fall asleep far before I finish it.
Finally, try to do things that your body associates with sleeping. Following a schedule allows your body to predict when it needs to start producing the sleepy chemicals. Try to fill the hour or so before you plan to go to bed with relaxing things. Reading a book, taking a bath, or simply enjoying the space and the time to exist without doing anything, are all on my top ten lists to sleep!
As always, personalize this to yourself. Though most advice will advise you to sleep in utter darkness with no electronic devices, I sleep best with LEDs on and a tv show playing softly in the background. Many people enjoy sleeping with a fan, or white noise machine. Whatever works for you, you should do.
Of course, setting yourself up for success is easier when you have the materials to do it! A good mattress, that fits your comfort wants and support needs, is one of the first steps to developing good sleep hygiene! You can do every tip in the world, but the fact of the matter is, you're not sleeping if you're laying on a lumpy or saggy mattress.
Our mattresses are highly customizable, and we do our very bests to find the best mattress for you, no matter what!