6 Shocking Ways You Might Be Sabotaging Your Sleep Quality
If you often struggle to get to sleep or you regularly wake up during the night and find it tough to drift off again, you could be causing damage to your body. We now know that missing out on a single night of rest is enough to send the blood pressure soaring, so a consistent, healthy sleep cycle is vital. The problem is that there are all kinds of things that can make it difficult to get a decent chance to recharge.
While one of the biggest culprits is technology, things like poor quality mattresses, light pollution, and lack of a proper bedtime routine can all contribute. We often forget that our brains and bodies are connected. They need to unwind and prepare for sleep at the same pace or there will always be something keeping you awake.
We collaborated with mattress experts – Oz Mattress to bring you this guide, so keep reading for some surprising facts on sleep and the unexpected things that could be preventing you from getting a proper rest.
You Sleep On a Bad Mattress
This is a huge problem and it is very common even though most of us know full well how important a good mattresses is for sleep. Your mattresses should be replaced every 6-8 years, as the springs start to deteriorate after this point and the lumber support disappears. With a high quality mattress, your body is lifted and held in place, so that parts of your spine aren’t taking on too much weight.
Your Spouse Is Keeping You Up
You might not realise it, but sleeping in such close proximity to a lover or spouse can sometimes be the root of the problem. They are immersed in their own sleep cycle and if they are prone to fidgeting, snoring, or hogging the space, it could keep you awake. The good news is that the right mattress can give both sleepers the conditions that they need.
You’re Slouching During the Day
Be mindful of your posture throughout the day, because slouching is a fast track to all kinds of problems. It doesn’t just strain your spine, it also causes the shoulders to hunch and hold a great deal of tension. This doesn’t just vanish when you sleep. It comes into the bedroom with you and those knots restrict breathing and keep the body in a state of unhealthy tautness.
Your Clock is Distracting You
For a chronic insomniac, there is nothing more frustrating than having to watch the bedside clock tick by. On nights before a big event – an essay deadline, an important meeting, or a tough assignment – this will be amplified. The longer you are awake, the more you’ll worry and stare at the clock and the harder it will be to fall asleep. It is always better to turn the clock around and try to forget about it.
You’re Filled with Stimulants
Ideally, you shouldn’t be eating anything in the 2-3 hours before bed, because your body will have to stay active to digest it. You certainly shouldn’t be drinking coffee and smoking is extremely bad for sleep as well. In fact, anything that contains either caffeine or nicotine should be restricted to before or just after your evening meal. After that, stay well clear of it.
You Work in Your Bedroom
The simplest way to guarantee a healthy sleep cycle is to avoid creating associations between your bedroom and anything but sleep. Try not to text, watch television, spend time on a laptop, or play with the kids in your bedroom. Restrict these activities to outside the sleep space, so that your brain knows that, in this environment, the only aim is to get a peaceful rest.
Why a Healthy Sleep Cycle Equals a Happy You
There is no getting around the fact that we need sleep to maintain every aspect of our bodies. We spend a third of our lives resting and recharging, so it’s clear that it isn’t something that can be compromised or neglected. Every night of fitful sleep and all of those hours that you stare fruitlessly at the bedroom ceiling have a negative impact, even if you can’t immediately see it. This is why getting serious about your sleep cycle is strongly recommended.
Are you sabotaging your sleep?
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