Health Tips for Seniors

How To Get Better Sleep

1. Get Into A Relaxing Routine Before Bed

One of the best things you can do for yourself, especially if you have trouble sleeping, is to start a healthy and relaxing routine. For example, about 10 minutes before crawling in, dim the lights and do things that typically help you relax. From putting on soothing music to drinking a glass of warm milk, get your body in the “mood” for sleeping.

Krieger also says that it’s about the time you take to unwind your mind and to take a minute and slow down the hectic pace of modern life. So, instead of working towards a breaking point, take 10 or 20 minutes to simply slow down. This will help you have a better quality sleep in your Sleepys mattress.

2. Rid The Room Of Electronics

You might not realize it, but the phone or laptop that’s only a few feet away can actually disrupt your sleeping patterns. For example, if you are expecting a text or email, and you take these gadgets to the bedroom, your mind will not shut down until that message comes through.

As tough as it may sound, keep all electronics in another room while you sleep. You’ll be happy you do it after a couple of days.

3. Keep A Diary

Writing in a diary before going to bed is beneficial in many ways. And while you typically associate it with psychological benefits, the fact that you are writing down the thoughts that keep your mind awake is like telling your mind to relax a little. Everything is written down to handle another day.

You can even use a blank piece of paper that you keep by the nightstand. And if you don’t like writing too much, go for bullet points and only take down the most important worries keeping you up.

4. Don’t Look Down

Everyone knows the phrase, “Don’t look down”, and it’s usually said while climbing great heights. In this case, you don’t want to think about falling asleep, while trying to fall asleep. This will cause you to focus, and focus calls for attention. You can’t sleep when you are paying attention to something.

Instead, let your mind wander and let happy thoughts stick around. Forget about sleeping as you linger on these thoughts and just let them run past like a movie. Of course, this is a technique that can take some time, but once you understand it, you won’t have any problems falling asleep.

5. Stick To A Schedule

The body is connected to an internal clock, referred to as the body’s circadian rhythm. Basically, when the sun comes up, the body feels more energized and ready to work. When it gets dark, the body begins to relax and prepare for sleep.

And just like your body follows a specific clock, you should too. In other words, get a specific time you want to be in bed every night, and get a specific time for waking up. Also, make sure you get at least 7 to 8 hours of solid rest. And yes, even on Saturdays and Sundays, stick to the schedule.

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