The American Sleep Foundation reveals that nearly all of us — or at least two-thirds of Americans — have difficulty sleeping at night. This may sound like no big deal. After all, the majority of Americans don’t get enough quality sleep and there is a Starbucks on every corner, right?
Well, not exactly. Poor quality sleep, insomnia, and other sleeping disorders can affect nearly all aspects of our lives. Sleep-deprived workers don’t perform as well at work, sleep-deprived couples are less likely to get along, and trouble sleeping can ultimately lead to a slew of serious health problems, including chronic pain, obesity, and heart problems. Thankfully, there are several natural ways to sleep better and promote good health.
What Is A Worry Journal? And How To Get Started
Many of us stay up all night (or close to it) worrying about our problems. Breaking out of this cycle is absolutely necessary for getting better sleep. And it doesn’t have to be difficult. Experts recommend picking up a plain notebook and using it for your worry journal. A couple of hours before bed, write everything that is worrying you down on paper. This is similar to venting. Journaling gets these thoughts out of your system and out of your head when you’re trying to sleep.
Expressing Gratitude Helps You Sleep Better
A study by the University of Manchester in England surveyed 400 people about their varying levels of gratitude and then observed their sleeping patterns. What were the results? “Gratitude was related to having more positive thoughts, and fewer negative ones, at bedtime,” Pscyhology Today writes. “This, in turn, was associated with dozing off faster and sleeping longer and better.”
A Few Quick Notes On Your Sleep Environment
What is the perfect sleep environment? Does it have to involve 100% silk sheets and an adjustable memory foam bed? Not necessarily. It should, however, involve a place where you just sleep. Don’t keep any electronics — like a laptop or TV on and nearby. If you are still having trouble sleeping, an adjustable memory foam bed may be a worthwhile investment. Electric beds like Craftmatic adjustable beds, equipped with optional heat and massage, may provide temporary relief from low back pain, edema or swelling of the legs, poor blood circulation, and/or symptoms of gastric reflux. Flat beds, on the other hand, can force you into a cramped, uncomfortable position that does not support the S-curve of your spine.