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A good night’s rest is essential for our physical and mental health. Unfortunately, many of us are not getting an adequate amount of sleep each night. This is usually caused by either having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or other causes that can trigger sleepless nights. A lack of restful sleep can leave you feeling sluggish or sleepy during the day, but it can take a toll on your health down the line. Research shows that sleep deprivation can weaken the immune system linking to serious illnesses. You’re probably wondering, how can I work towards building better sleeping habits? We rounded up some of the best tips to get you settled into bed for restorative sleep.
Your Comfort Zone
Comfortable sleep starts with a comfortable spot or better yet, a perfectly cozy bed that you can’t wait to nest in. Make sure you have the right support by finding a mattress and pillow that feels comfortable to you. The proper support at night can help with avoiding soreness and pain. All the layers you put on top of your mattress are just as important as the mattress itself. The layers of bedding you choose should look inviting but also have a soft touch that you can’t resist. Get sheets that are breathable to regulate your body temperature at night. We recommend silk blend sheets for hot sleepers and sateen for people who tend to get chilly at night. To keep your bed perfectly ready for sleep, keep your sheets clean by giving them a wash every two weeks.
A Habitat for Sleep
The space surrounding your bed deserves your attention too. Keep your bedroom as a space dedicated for sleep and remove any distractions that can hinder you from falling asleep. Try to avoid exercising or working in your bedroom as this doesn’t help for a relaxing environment. Lights, noise and uncomfortable temperatures can disrupt your sleep and can be difficult to control. Luckily, you can get this under control with the DKNY Cloud Block- Light™ Curtain Panel Pair. These curtain panels help with blocking out noise, light and drafts for a tranquil environment. To add to the calming aura, try scenting your room with relaxing aromas using candles or scented pillows to help you drift away.
Set the Mood for Sleep
As you create a sanctuary for sleep, prep your mind for counting sheep every night as well. Take time to unwind at least 30- 60 minutes before bedtime. This can be as simple as lowering the lights, putting away all electronic devices and engaging in quiet, relaxing activities. This also a good time to build a night ritual that offers you a chance to care for yourself. Use this time to brush your teeth, do your skincare, meditate or journal. This will give your mind a moment to relax and unwind so you can ease into sleep effortlessly.
Every Morning Counts
Your morning routine sets the tone for your day. A healthy morning habit should include making your bed. Taking the time to do this gives you your first feeling of accomplishment and makes it easier to settle down at night. Give yourself exposure to sunlight by opening up curtains during the day or going outside for a walk. Daily exercise is vital to your health, so try to set aside time to move your body. Avoid doing this too late in the day as it can make it difficult for your body to unwind at night for sleep.
A healthy sleep schedule calls for healthy habits. As you try implementing these tips into your daily life, always do what is right for you. Relaxation is different for everyone, so feel free to make tweaks until you are a happy sleeper!