You’ve woken up well-rested and smiling. There are no body aches in sight and the usual grouchy feeling has vanished. You’re set to have a good and productive day! Then comes that familiar sound of the alarm blaring in your ears.
It was all a dream. You’ve spent half the night waking up and then trying to go back to sleep, only to wake up again. If this happened only one night, we’d say catch up on sleep today, but lately, it’s the same sleep story each night. What can you do to fall asleep and stay asleep? We’ll tell you, but first, we want to figure out what’s causing the sleepless nights.
Each day, we use our phones throughout the day and sometimes at night. Blue light can influence your sleep, and too much of it may cause you to become sick.
Blue light emits shorter wavelengths that cause your body to reduce its melatonin production. To reduce the nighttime tossing and turning, its’s best to keep away from electronic devices such as phones, tablets, and TVs. For best results, stop using electronic devices for at least two hours before sleeping.
Drinking water or other beverages before going to bed can disrupt your sleep as you have to wake up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. If you can’t fall back asleep after using the bathroom, it’s a sign to stop drinking close to bedtime.
If waking up to use the bathroom isn’t related to drinking water at night, but due to a medical condition, consult with your doctor. You should be able to sleep without going to the bathroom for about six to eight hours. If you find yourself waking up two or more times to use the bathroom, it could be a sign of a serious medical issue. When in doubt, contact a medical professional.
Assess your sleep environment to determine what may be causing you to wake up at night. For instance, when staying in a hotel or sleeping at a friend’s house, it may take longer to fall asleep. If the temperature leaves you waking up and fighting over blankets or throwing them all off, then it may be time to look at a heating or cooling unit. If there are noise issues from rowdy neighbors or a buzzing refrigerator, then find a way to remove or limit them if possible. Prevent light sources from streaming in, and, most importantly, get yourself a high-quality mattress. Many times, an old mattress is at fault. Luckily for you, that’s an easy fix! And with a Wolf mattress, it doesn’t have to be an expensive fix either.
When the hunger pangs hit, they can hit hard. If you find yourself eating and drinking and then staying awake the entire night, then it may be time to look at what is leading to these late-night munchies. Eating before bed can lead to bloating, gassiness, upset stomachs, and even nightmares. The end result is you struggling to achieve a decent night’s rest.
We hope these habit changing tips can help you achieve a better night’s rest. Quit counting sheep…Sleep with a Wolf!
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