More and more sleep studies are being conducted on a daily basis. While some are filled with loopholes and aren’t carried out with enough data, the trend is clear. We all need sleep, and we all need the right amount of it. Six to eight hours appears to be a good range. While most studies and experts recommend eight hours, the lifestyle we live usually demands that we stay up longer than 16 hours a day. Practical evidence suggests that you should be ok with just six hours. The most accomplished people in the world tend to usually get around six hours of sleep. If you can get in a full 8 hours, more power to you. Sleeping beyond 8 hours is considered unhealthy. While sleeping the right duration has its merits, it can be futile if the quality of your sleep is poor. Here are some ways to ensure that you have a good quality sleep.
• Stay away from technology
This is a hot topic in recent times. There’s plenty of research being uncovered suggesting that the blue light emitted from phones, computers and other electronic devices can have very damaging effects on brain chemistry and overall sleep. Blue light tends to stimulate your brain to stay awake. When you are on your bed with the light off during bedtime, it can confuse your brain and body clock which can lead to a poor quality of sleep.
• Invest in the best memory foam mattress you can find
Considering you sleep on a mattress, it would make sense to only invest in the best memory foam mattress. Memory foam is largely considered to be the best option because it tends to complement the structure of your body and support in a way that isn’t detrimental to you in any way. One issue that you might want to consider is allergies. If you happen to be allergic to the material, a good alternative would be one made out of latex. While spring mattresses used to be popular, these two types appear to be better choices for higher quality of sleep.
• Eat light
As you wind down, the last thing you want is your digestive system to be in full swing trying to digest that massive steak you gobbled over dinner an hour ago. Your body should be in a state of complete rest as you head for sleep. For this reason, make sure you eat light, and make sure you eat about three hours before you sleep so your digestive system has had enough time to get through the intense processes of digesting your food.
The above points should get you that much closer to having a better sleep. There’s also the more obvious tips such as avoiding caffeine towards the night and also alcohol, which may seem to aid sleep, but actually has the opposite effect.