Don’t you just hate it when you’re so tired and sleepy, yet for some reason, you remain restless at night as if your body rejects sleep? You are not alone in that struggle. According to a Consumer Reports survey, 27% of 4,023 Americans adults they interviewed have trouble sleeping and staying asleep at night.
People can’t sleep for a number of reasons. Ruling out a sleep disorder, it could be because you consumed caffeine in the afternoon, exercised before your bedtime, used your smartphone until dawn, or ate late in the evening, etc. Our habits almost always have something to do with the quality of our sleep, so what we must do first do is to stop any activity that evidently ruins our slumber.
A little extra help won’t hurt, either. If you wish to have a full 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep, these products will make that happen for you:
- A High-quality Mattress and Pillow
If the mattress you’re using has been with you for the past 9 years or more, it could be the culprit for your sleepless nights. A typical mattress’s life expectancy is only 9-10 years, so even if your old mattress doesn’t look battered yet, do it a favor and let it rest before it really starts to look battered. If it isn’t that old yet but makes your body hurt and uncomfortable, replacing it is still the solution, and get a new set of pillows with that, too. You’d find high-quality mattresses for sale in Salt Lake City and other locations.
Physical books, not e-books, can help you relax because there’s no light that hinders you from feeling sleepy. Get used to flipping pages again if you’ve only been using e-books for a while now.
- Health Supplements
Taking a melatonin (a sleep hormone) supplement is proven to aid in sleeping, but depending on the country you live in, you may need a prescription before you can buy it.
Other proven helpful supplements are gingko biloba, glycine, Valerian root, magnesium, L-theanine, and lavender. Try these supplements only one at a time, and do relaxing activities as well to boost their effectiveness.
- Essential Oils
If you’re fine with breathing in scents all throughout the night, essential oils might be your best sleeping aid. In a study comparing aromatherapy and acupressure, it was found that a blend of calming essential oils worked more effectively than acupressure in improving life and sleep quality, especially in women.
The best essential oils for sleep are lavender, vanilla, rose and geranium, jasmine, sandalwood, and citrus. These oils also ease stress and anxiety, both of which are also common reasons for sleepless nights.
Our bodies naturally relax when we hear our favorite music, so you’re doing the right thing if you pop on your earbuds in bed. Listening to music for at least 45 minutes can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep throughout the night.
Any genre, as long as it’s to your liking, can lull you to sleep, but slow tunes are ideal, so might as well consider making a mellow playlist.
If you haven’t tried any of those products yet, give them a chance, as one of them might just be the solution to your sleep problems. Should you continue to have problems sleeping even after trying all these products, consult a sleep specialist right away.