How to Stay Asleep Through the Night

You are used to having a restless sleep. You toss and you turn, struggling to find the position that will, at last, let you enter dream land until your alarm goes off in the morning. Once you fall asleep, you never stay asleep long. You wake up only a few hours later, glance at your alarm clock, and you let out a groan because there is still so much time before you actually have to be awake. After countless nights of this happening, you are prepared to do what it takes to get the full night's sleep you deserve. Follow for some suggestions on how you can go to sleep knowing you will stay asleep. 

1. Plenty of Exercise 
​If you tend to be one of those people who spends the majority of their day sitting with little physical activity, then falling asleep is most likely a struggle for you. Numerous studies have found that when you include regular exercise into your daily schedule then you will be more likely to fall asleep quicker and stay asleep longer. It is because for the obvious reason that moving around tires you out and sitting all day does not. 

2. Shutting off the Screens
​Proven from the National Sleep Foundation, turning off electronics at least 30 minutes before bed helps you sleep better. The blue light from screens, such as cellphones, is harmful to your eyes and to your brain chemistry. Looking at screens right before bed negatively impacts the melatonin in your brain: the hormone in charge of your sleep cycle. If you are used to reading or doing some form of relaxed activity before bed, then the recommended option is to read from a printed book instead of from your phone. 

3. Sticking to a Schedule 
​The concept of a bedtime changed as you grow up. When you are younger, you went to bed at relatively the same time every night. So why should that change because you are an adult now? The rules of a bedtime should still apply even as a grown up. Going to bed at the same time every night puts your body into a natural routine. Your body knows this is the time you should start to feel tired. You feel less tired during the day and sleep longer during the night when you keep a consistent sleep schedule. 

4. Selective with Bedding
​You can add all of the other suggestions to your everyday life, but never forget where all the sleeping happens or rather where it tries to happen. If you were to wake up in the middle of the night and cannot quite figure out why. There is a high probability that your body was uncomfortable in some way. This could be your bedding is too hot or you are unknowingly allergic to your bedding. Investing in bedding like hypoallergenic sheets is the best solution for you to sleep soundly through the night without the worry of waking up because your body is too hot. Hypoallergenic sheets can also protect you against common allergens regular bedding fails to. Allergens like dust mites, pet dander, mold, and pollen. 

​You may have grown accustomed to not sleeping well in the night, but that does not mean it should continue. Instead of only sitting all day, try going for a run to help tire you out. By the time you begin to get ready for bed, plug in your phone on the bedside table and open up that new book you have been meaning to read. Once the clock strikes the time you set as your normal bedtime, put the book down and curl up into those soft, hypoallergenic sheets that protect you from allergens and from getting too hot in your sleep.