Nearly 70 million American adults have trouble sleeping at least a few times each year. If you’re one of them, you know that those restless nights can have a negative impact on your mood, your health, and your ability to live the life you want.
The sooner you can start fixing your sleeping problems, the better off you’ll be. But where do you start?
Here are a few simple fixes that you can try today.
Get Some Exercise
If you have problems sleeping at night, consider incorporating exercise into your daily routine. You don’t have to do anything strenuous. Just get yourself moving.
Go for a walk around the block after work. Start jogging in place during commercial breaks or make a point to take the stairs rather than the elevator at the office. Just getting a bit more physical activity can help your body relax and alleviate the feelings of stress that often contribute to sleeping problems.
Just make sure to listen to your body. If you feel like you’re pushing yourself too hard too fast or feel too tired to exercise safely, take a break.
Set a Sleep Schedule
Busy schedules make keeping the same bedtime throughout the week incredibly difficult. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most common contributors to poor sleeping habits.
It makes it hard for your body to register that it’s time to wind down at the end of the day which, in turn, makes it harder for you to fall asleep when you crawl under the covers.
Instead of going to bed at different times each night, set a sleep schedule and keep it as best you can. Go to sleep at the same time each night and set your alarm for the same time each morning, even on the weekends.
Once you adapt to the schedule, you’ll likely see an improvement in the quality and length of your sleep.
Consider Replacing Your Mattress
If you’re wondering what causes sleep problems, it may be as simple as looking at your mattress. As mattresses age, the support system starts to lose integrity. This can result in lumps and pressure points that leave you tossing and turning throughout the night.
As a general rule, you’ll want to replace your mattress every seven to ten years. If your bed is much older than that or you wake up feeling stiff or achy, replace it as soon as possible.
Look for a mattress that’s firm enough to provide the support your body needs but soft enough to help you stay comfortable no matter what position you sleep in.
Solving Sleeping Problems Is Possible
Solving routine sleeping problems doesn’t have to be harder than getting a good night’s sleep. It just takes time and a willingness to try different things until you find what works for you.
These simple tips should help you improve your sleep quality quickly.
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