Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial to maintaining your physical health and being able to cope with the stress associated with our hectic modern lifestyles.
You’ve probably already noticed that if you don’t get enough hours or you’re tossing and turning, the next day you’re tired, cranky, have problems retaining information, and generally feel like you just need a nap.
Have you ever wondered what it must be like to sleep in a palace? It might be that, at this point, for you, luxury sleep would be to simply sleep for eight uninterrupted hours.
The best way to recreate such a royal experience is to get a room for a night in a luxury hotel, get in some silk jammies and hire a nanny to read you some soothing bedtime stories with a posh accent.
Well, if that’s a bit too eccentric for your taste, there are some things even us mere mortals can do to recreate that sleep-inducing magic a chateau would afford.
Have a Consistent Schedule
Aristocrats are known for their love of routine and rituals, and in the case of sleep, it’s something you should embrace as well.
That’s because the likelihood of getting sleepy at the right time is based on your circadian rhythm (commonly referred to as the body clock). It varies from person to person and that’s why you hear of “morning people” and “night owls”. To a certain degree, you can train your circadian rhythm to suit your schedule so it’s possible for you to fall asleep early enough to get the required 7 or 8 hours of restful sleep before the alarm sets off and it’s time to get ready for work.
For that to happen you need to limit the use of bright lights before bed (that includes laptops and smartphones) and try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day.
Optimize Your Bedroom Setting
The environment in which you sleep is just as important as maintaining a healthy schedule. The room should be, first of all, quiet and cool, about 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
You should also invest in a comfortable mattress and pillows. The best mattress for restful sleep needs to be firm enough to offer support so you don’t wake up with back pain, but soft enough to outline your body so you don’t feel like you’re sleeping on the floor. You should also upgrade your mattress at least every eight years. It might seem like an expensive investment but if you consider the consequences of consistently not getting enough rest, you’ll realize that it’s well worth it.
The pillows also shouldn’t be so large that they interfere with your body’s natural alignment or you’ll wake up with neck and shoulder pain. If you sleep on your side, we suggest you place a firm pillow between your knees in order to keep your upper leg from drawing your spine out of alignment and to avoid additional stress on your lower back and hips.