We all have problems with our sleep in some form or another. It is one of those conundrums that tend to be unique to the individual. While it can be a very specific problem that we have to solve by ourselves, it is essential to make sure we cover a lot of the bases to remind ourselves of the best ways to fix our sleep. Here are some of the most important sleep metrics you need to be aware of. **Contributor post
Your Comfort Levels
Sleep should be conducted in an environment where you are able to drift off soundly. Comfort is to do with the physical components, like the bed, but it also has to do with the comfort you experience within yourself, which you can fix with so-called “sleep hygiene.” As far as sleep hygiene is concerned, you need to make sure your room is as physically comfortable as possible, which usually boils down to the quality of your mattress in relation to your bed. When it comes to the best mattresses for adjustable bed bases and most store-bought bed bases, memory foam comes highly recommended because it adapts to the individual. You also need to make sure that you have blackout blinds, not use your device for 120 minutes before going to sleep and spend some time clearing your mind, for example, by journaling.
Time Your Light Exposure
Light exposure is a very simple thing, but it can help us reset our circadian rhythm. So many of us look at our phones all day, which means that if we’re checking our emails in the run-up to sleep, this could disrupt the sleep hormone melatonin. A lot of people swear by taking melatonin supplements to offset this, but the more natural solution would be to get morning light in your eyes as soon as you get out of bed and expose yourself to light just before sundown. If you’ve ever been camping, you might have noticed that you felt more serene in yourself, which can partly be attributed to the right levels of light exposure during the morning and night-time.
The Right Supplements for Sleep
There are a number of natural sleep remedies but you must fix your sleep hygiene first before you rely on supplements. There are supplements such as magnesium that have helped to improve people’s quality of sleep. Specifically, Magnesium Threonate has been shown to be an effective sleep aid. Additionally, Myo-inositol is another one that has been able to help people who have issues getting back to sleep when they wake up at night. You should take magnesium for a good night’s sleep overall and Myo-inositol is there if you wake up in the night and cannot get back to sleep for a number of hours.
Ensuring You Exercise
Exercise is one of those things that can help you fix your sleep schedule. As most of our tissues, including our skeletal muscle, are linked to our biological clock we can align our circadian rhythms purely by getting exercise and can help if you have insomnia. Approximately 30 minutes of aerobic exercise could improve your sleep quality that night. But it’s about making sure that you have around 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity 5 times a week.