How many times a week do you find yourself hitting the snooze button on your alarm clock simply because you don’t feel like you got enough sleep? How often do you find yourself feeling tired, cloudy, and overall dragging your feet by mid-afternoon? Do you often find yourself counting down the hours until you can go to bed and finally get some shut-eye? If these sentiments sound familiar to you, then there is no doubt you are fighting fatigue on a pretty regular basis. It could be that you aren’t getting enough sleep, or it may be the quality of your sleep that is to blame. Then again, maybe it’s a combination of both. Either way, we’re here to look at four tips that can help you to feel more energized and awake each day.
Invest in a Good Quality Mattress
A good place to start is with your mattress itself. If it is 10 years or older, then there’s a good chance it has reached its maximum age span. Even if it’s not 10 years old, if it wasn’t a good quality mattress or the wrong type of mattress to start with, then it’s not offering the support you need. Ideally, you want to find a mattress that is medium-firm. You don’t want something that is too soft where your body will sink in some spots and not in others. This doesn’t provide the proper support for your back, spine, and joints. On the flip side, something too firm without any give at all will cause pain in your body and even pressure points. A medium-firm mattress tends to be that perfect middle ground that works for the majority of people. The great thing about mattress shopping nowadays is that you can get one online and not even have to go to the trouble of visiting all kinds of stores. You may still want to try various models in-store and then just watch for the model you like to go on sale online.
Create a Bedtime Routine You Stick With
Just as you would give your child a bedtime routine along with a set bedtime, adults too can benefit from this sort of schedule. It is about training your body to sleep and wake up at a specific time so it’s not all over the place. The key is to stick to this routine each and every day, even on weekends. granted there may be some days here and there that it isn’t possible, but in general, you want to make it a daily habit.
Cut Out the Naps
While those mid-afternoon naps may seem like a good idea and will help you get through the evening a little a smoother, in reality, they are actually hurting your nighttime sleep. If you nap, then your body won’t be tired enough for deep sleep in the evening. Rather than napping, maybe move up your bedtime by a half hour or so and get the extra sleep there.
Start Exercising on a Daily Basis
Another way to improve your sleep and thereby feel more energized each day is to start exercising on a daily basis. That doesn’t mean you have to rush out and join the gym; it just means you need to get your body up and moving for at least 30 consecutive minutes each day. That could mean biking, walking, swimming, or even doing those labor-intensive house chores to stop fighting fatigue.