City-dwellers will attest to the many conveniences of urban living: the proximity to their workplace, the range of eating and entertainment establishments, and the various socializing spots. However, all the conveniences of city-living often also deprive urbanizes of a good, peaceful night’s sleep.
It’s, therefore, easy to blame one’s poor sleeping habits on these diversions. But these days, distractions have invaded even our bedrooms in the form of gadgets beeping with constant notifications, for instance. Bad bedtime habits contribute to a lack of sleep as much as exterior distractions do. Fortunately, habits, though hard to change, can be broken. Here are a few ways how:
Consistency is Key
Going to bed at the same time every night helps train the body into forming a sleeping pattern. Once you’re used to sleeping (and waking up) at a particular time, it’s easier to drift off every night and feel genuinely refreshed the next day.
Proper Sheets for Proper Sleep
It’s easy to overlook the benefits of quality bedding, but Copper Loom says that comfortable sheets can make a huge difference. Consider using bamboo sheets as they’re capable of regulating temperature — they keep you warm when it’s cold and keep you cool when it’s hot. They’re quite affordable too, compared to luxury options like Egyptian cotton.
Silence the Gadgets
It’s not worth losing sleep over inane social media updates. Turn off or put all electronic devices (except your alarm) on silent mode to avoid the temptation of checking of notifications. While they’re entertaining distractions, smartphones, tablets, and laptops stimulate the body unnecessarily where you should be sleeping the day’s stresses on your tired body away.
Ditch the Nightcap
Many people claim that drinking alcohol helps them drift off to sleep. A drink or two might induce some drowsiness, but it actually disrupts the sleep cycle especially during the REM phase. The result is (ironically) drowsiness during the daytime, an inability to focus, and dehydration. Alcohol and quality bedtime simply don’t mix.
Sleep is supposed to be a restorative function of the body, refreshing it to get ready for the next day. Forming new habits that aid quality sleep and discarding the bad ones makes quite the difference not only during bedtime but for overall health as well.