After a long tiring week, we certainly look forward to much longer hours of sleep. According to research, sleeping in on weekends won’t make up for the all-nighters or our lack of sleep during weekdays. That might be true but a nap during a rainy Saturday afternoon sounds really tempting, isn’t it?
A starter pack for deep sleep?
If you have trouble getting a shuteye, we might have some few items in mind that can help you sleep better. After all, good and deep sleep is beneficial for you. And you deserve it! See the list below:
Having a relaxing bedtime ritual is an important part of getting better sleep. In fact, many people choose to have a warm, soothing cup of caffeine-free tea to unwind before bed. Your best bet? Chamomile tea.
For years, people drink chamomile tea a natural remedy to reduce inflammation and anxiety and treat insomnia. Its calming effects may be due to an antioxidant called apigenin, which is found in abundance in chamomile tea. Apigenin binds to specific receptors in your brain that may decrease anxiety and initiate sleep.
Because our brains associate darkness with sleep, it may be possible to utilize a sleep mask in muting the “noise” (stress, anxiety, excitement, etc.) in our brains that’s keeping us up at night. Sleep masks also make it impossible for you to open your eyes and look at the temptations and distractions around your room or at your alarm clock, which sleep scientists say should be out of sight from your sleeping position anyway.
Sleeping masks are way much cheaper than blackout curtains anyway. They can also prevent you from having dry eyes the other day from the air conditioning.
It’s hard to fall asleep if you’re feeling discomfort on your neck or back. These may be just a sign that you need high-quality pillows. To figure out if it’s really a time to invest in a new one, try folding your pillow in half. It should bounce back into its original form. If not, then it’s time to look for a pillow that suits your needs.
Yes, this might sound like a new gimmicky trend but there’s a scientific explanation behind this. Weighted blankets are a type of at-home therapy that can provide similar benefits to deep pressure therapy. These benefits are pain relief, less anxiety, and mood improvement.
However, not everyone can use this according to some experts. That includes people who have obstructive sleep apnea, asthma, and claustrophobia.
Often, scents get overlooked as a tool for better sleep. Inexpensive and easy to introduce to a daily and nightly routine, there is an array of essential oils that can help you relax, mentally and physically, and make it easier for you to fall asleep and sleep more soundly. Some of the scents that may be useful for this purpose are lavender, vanilla, rose, sandalwood, jasmine, and even the citrus ones.
Have you ever wondered what you should actually wear to bed? While it may seem like a trivial question, wearing the right things to bed can make a big difference in your quality of sleep and overall health. It does not matter if you like wearing an old oversized t-shirt as long as it is loose and comfortable. But if you want to try something a little more stylish like a silk pajama, we totally get that!
Do you know something that we can add to this list? Feel free to comment!