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How to Develop a Healthier Attitude Toward Sleep

How to Develop a Healthier Attitude Toward Sleep
Whether you often find yourself struggling to fall asleep at night or waking up in the middle of the night and then struggling to get back to sleep, there could be several potential reasons for it. It could be due to a health condition such as insomnia or sleep apnea if you have experienced this for a long time, or in some cases it could be temporary due to heightened stress and anxiety. If you are having problems with sleeping, it is a good idea to speak to your doctor who can help you determine if your health is the cause. The good news is that in most cases, making simple changes like switching your bedtime routine, decluttering your sleeping space and dealing with snoring can make all the difference.

Dealing with Snoring

Most people who snore when they are asleep are blissfully unaware of the fact that they are keeping their partner up with the noise. If you are struggling to sleep because your partner is beside you snoring loudly, you might want to suggest that they try snoring strips that will prevent them from snoring and allow you to sleep like a baby again.

Create a Relaxing Sleep Environment

The place that we sleep should be a relaxing sanctuary. But if your bedroom has become more of a dumping ground recently and tends to be the main place in your home where clutter collects, this could have an impact on your ability to wind down and sleep at night. Spend some time finding storage areas for clutter and improving your overall sleep environment to make it more relaxing and calming.

Upgrade Your Furniture

Investing in a new bed and mattress isn’t just about making a positive change to your home’ it’s also a good investment in your health. If you have been sleeping on the same bed for several years, chances are that it is no longer as supportive of you as it once was. If you often wake up in the night with sore joints and muscles, an unsupportive mattress could be to blame.

Banish Blue Lights

One of the main causes of struggling to fall asleep is the blue light that is emitted from electronic devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops. If you tend to use your devices well into the night and even take them into bed with you, this could be the sole reason why you are struggling to sleep. Make a rule regarding no working in bed and shut off your devices at least an hour before sleep time to give your body a chance to adjust without disruptive blue lights.

Improve Your Diet

Did you know that what you eat can have a significant impact on how well you sleep at night? Changing your mindset towards your diet can also help you improve your attitude towards sleep. If you are currently eating a healthy and balanced diet in order to try and lose weight, getting enough sleep at night is vital for a weight loss success. Eating foods that are high in nutrients and avoiding stimulants like caffeine later in the day can help.

Wake Up at the Same Time

Finally, going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day will make it easier for your body and mind to get into a routine and stick to it. Even on the weekend when you are tempted to have a lie-in, it’s a good idea to continue getting up at the same time so as not to throw your routine off.

If you are struggling to get to sleep at night or wake up often throughout the night, a few simple changes to your attitude towards sleep can help.
Written by Jessica Peters
Jessica Peters is a freelance writer from Melbourne who blogs about health and fitness. Jessica is an avid traveler and regularly crosses the globe to learn about other cultures while blogging from her laptop.
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