A well-made bed makes it easier to get a great night's sleep.
If you have to sleep on a certain side of the bed or else you risk tossing and turning all night, you’re not alone. A “Pick Your Side” survey revealed that 40% of Americans always sleep on the same side of the bed, regardless of whether they’re sleeping alone or with a spouse.
And if you’ve ever thought your spouse was waking up on the wrong side of the bed, there might be more truth to this than you realise. A survey conducted by Premier Inn on 3,000 adults found that the side of the bed you choose has a lot to do with your personality. Those on the left side wake up happier and better equipped to deal with the day’s stresses, while those on the right are likely to carry negative emotions.
So what’s the excuse if you’re sleeping on your preferred side of the bed and still can’t catch your ZZZs?
As it turns out, it could have something to do with how well (or poorly) your bed is made.
The National Sleep Foundation conducted a survey to find out what matters to others when it comes to getting a good night’s rest. Not surprisingly, more than nine out of ten people believe a comfortable mattress and pillows are no-brainers. But three-quarters of respondents also believe that great-feeling sheets are essential to better sleep.
What’s more, those who reported making their bed in the morning were 19% more likely to get a great night’s sleep every night.
Comfort and cleanliness have positive impacts on sleep quality, according to the study. Those who took the time to make their bed in the morning reported sleeping for longer hours and feeling better about going to bed. A well-made bed contributes to the overall sleep environment by making it more comfortable. This makes it easier to fall asleep (and stay asleep!).
Even though sleep seems like a natural course of the day, there are a lot of things that go into preparing for a restful night. The good news: there are several things you can do to influence your sleep quality!
Exercise During the Day
People who exercise during the day tend to feel more energised when it counts, which means they can save their drowsiness for bedtime. If you’ve been battling insomnia or sleep apnea, exercise can help improve these symptoms.
Even light exercise can help you get a better night’s sleep. The more you’re moving during the day—whether it’s playing with your kids or dancing in your kitchen while you’re cooking meals—the better you’ll sleep.
Avoid Caffeine 10 Hours Before Bedtime
Stimulants like caffeine need about ten hours to fully leave your body. If you go to bed at 10 pm, stop drinking sodas, tea, or other caffeinated drinks no later than 2 pm.
Stop Working 2 Hours Before Bed
Turn off work no later than two hours before bed to give your mind time to de-stress. If taking care of your family is your main job, try to stay up for an hour or two after you put them to bed so that you can enjoy a little “me” time to unwind. Allow time for your body to stop thinking about all the activities that had you speeding through your day and focus only on relaxation.
Turn Off Screens and Devices 1 Hour Before Bed
Bright screens can force your eyes and mind into overdrive, especially if you’re used to scrolling through Facebook or playing games on your phone while in bed. Relax at least one hour before bed so you can clear your thoughts and be prepared for a good night’s sleep.
Stop Hitting snooze in the Morning
The morning always seems to come too soon. As tempting as it may be to hit snooze and catch a few extra minutes of precious sleep, you’re actually doing your body a disservice. No snooze feature will let you get a full sleep cycle, and you won’t feel any less tired when you do finally get up. At the very least, getting up as soon as your alarm sounds can encourage you to go to bed earlier and stick to a better sleep routine.
Optimise Your sleeping Surrounds
Ideally, your bedroom doesn’t double as an office space, exercise lounge, laundry folding station, secret snacking area, or storage room. Bringing too much chaos into your sleeping space can upset the balance of the room and interfere with your night’s sleep.
Out of all the rooms in your home, your bedroom should be the most organised and optimised. You should try to keep out other activities as much as possible to cut down on the clutter and chaos. A clean room can make it much easier to rest easy and feel less stressed when your head hits the pillow.
Our Favorite Sleep Hack: Make Your bed First Thing Every Day
Making your bed when you first wake up can give you a sense of self-accomplishment. You’ve already completed one task for the day, even if it wasn’t on your to-do list. Plus, a clean and tidy bed is a lot more inviting when you’re tired and ready for bed at night. It helps to curb the chaos of the room to promote a calming effect and transform your bed into a total zen den.
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