How much sleep are you really getting? Too much or a lack of?  Sleep is one of those things that we all have in common and that most of us need more of. 

So how do you get that? I wanted to share with you some of the ways that you could be sleeping better, and it is actually far easier to achieve than you may have once thought.

your environment

One of the first things to address would be the sleeping environment. Where you sleep is so important and it is vital that you are comfortable and supported to get a decent night’s sleep. So the mattress you choose and even the duvet and pillows can have a big impact on how well you sleep. This is when some careful research into the best pillow for the way you sleep, the right level of firmness for your mattress and even how cool or warm you like to be in bed can make a difference to how you sleep at night.

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drink more water

We all know that water is important for us in terms of our daily intake and our health, but actually the more water you drink during the day, the better quality of sleep you can get at night. Your body needs water to stay hydrated and rejuvenate overnight. It helps with the repair of skin cells and improves the skin tone.

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watch what you eat

You may be wondering how food and diet can affect your sleep. Apart from avoiding sugar before bed, how else can food impact the quality of your sleep? It isn’t necessarily about what you eat, and more to do with the amount you eat and the time. A big meal right before bed is never going to be good as the food sits and is unable to digest properly, which can then cause you some discomfort at night. You might also want to avoid hard to digest foods like heavy carbohydrates and choose lighter meals for the evening.

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try a new routine

We are programmed as children to have some form of bedtime routine at night, but the same principle could be used for us in our adult years to help ensure we get a better nights sleep. It means something as simple as shutting down from the likes of technology, reading a book, having a warm drink and then slowly relaxing your mind and body ready for bed. It could work wonders for the type of sleep you get. Avoid any caffeinated or alcoholic drinks at night they can sometimes cause increased mental stimulation.