The number of things that happen when we sleep is truly remarkable. Our organs regenerate. Our brains rearrange themselves more resourcefully. Muscles get repaired. Memory is consolidated. Hormones are released and balanced.
It’s a good idea, then, to know how to get the best quality sleep possible. Knowing how to sleep well is an art, and one that can actually be improved. Here are a few ways to learn how to sleep better.
1. Prepare your sleep environment
There are a few things you can do to learn how to sleep better. The first is ensuring a quality sleep environment. This includes having blackout curtains so the room is dark enough, which helps your body continue resting even if the sun is up (hello, weekends).
It also helps to have a humidifier (especially in the wintertime). A 2013 study showed that increasing humidity levels to 43% or above significantly reduced the ability of airborne viruses to cause flu infections. In other words, a humidifier reduces your chances of getting sick. If you do get sick, it also helps you sleep better and heal faster. Bonus: it makes your skin glow!
The Roolen Smart Cool Mist Humidifier is a good option for how to improve your sleep environment quickly and comprehensively. It’s sleek, whisper-quiet, and its smart engineering saves both water and energy:
2. Prepare your mind for sleep
One smart way to improve how you sleep is to start winding down an hour before you’re going to go to bed. One easy way to help with this is by putting your phone on airplane mode after 9pm. You’ll still be able to use it as an alarm clock and anything else you need, but you won’t be tempted to check any social media, and you won’t get any texts or calls.
You can also get technology to work for you with smart sleep accessories like the HYDRA water bottle. Its glowing LED light can help you find your way in the dark, charge your phone, play calming sleep music, and keep you hydrated:
3. Prepare your body for sleep
Equally as important as getting your mind ready to sleep is getting your body ready. One simple way is to use the Spoonk acupressure mat for 20-40 minutes. When you lie on its 6,210 stimulation points on your back, you will relieve back pain, stimulate circulation, release endorphins, increase relaxation, and deepen your quality of sleep:
4. Limit snoring
If you’re a snorer or your sleep is interrupted by one, you aren’t getting the kind of sleep you really want. Before getting an expensive surgery or considering more intensive options, try the Z Band. The one-piece strap gently cradles the jaw in the optimal position, preventing soft tissues in the back of your throat from relaxing and creating that noisy, sleep-killing snore. The stretchy fabric fits snugly and won’t slip no matter how much you toss or turn, so you and your loved ones will sleep well and wake up refreshed. For men or women.
5. Get enough sleep!
This one is pretty straightforward but exceedingly important.
Adults need at least 8 hours of sleep a night to be well rested. Teens need to sleep more – on average 9¼ hours — in order to be truly rejuvenated. Because teens are growing so rapidly, it’s particularly important that they sleep, since their bodies and brains are growing so much. Make sure you know how to sleep – that is, by sleeping enough.
Make this the year you commit to getting the best quality sleep possible. Your mind, body, and soul will thank you!