A Super Useful Guide to Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

A Super Useful Guide to Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Researchers at Harvard University and Boston College found that people seem to strengthen the emotional components of a memory during sleep, which may help spur the creative process.

Would you be considered a light sleeper or a heavy sleeper? If you are a heavy sleeper then you need to pass this article on to the light sleepers you know. But, if you toss around at night unable to still be asleep due to your partner’s heavy movements on the other side of the bed then read further.

We’ve compiled a few tips to help you sleep through the night better.

Do you have the right mattress?

There are many types of mattresses on the market today. Traditional coil mattresses, hybrids, and latex. Still, we have found that, in the area of light sleepers, memory foam serves their needs the best.

What’s so great about memory foam?

This style of the mattress was invented by NASA in the 1960’s to give airplane pilots a more comfortable seat while flying. The material that makes this mattress able to absorb motion so well is called viscoelastic, which can not only take the pressure and seclude it to one place, viscoelastic material restores itself back to its original shape with ease after being deformed.

It’s all about the motion

Some folks wake at night because they have a new baby. For light sleepers, the biggest problems arise when they are sharing their bed with another, especially if that partner is a tosser. On a typical coil mattress, this type of movement will not serve the light sleeper well. Every bounce, every turn, and every stretch will make its way via a motion to the other side of the bed taking its chance at jostling the light sleeper awake.

In this review of the Loom and Leaf mattress, the memory foam mattress was tested and stood up to not one but two assaults from a dropping medicine ball. On a memory foam, the light sleeper will barely notice any movement from a partner.

Support your spine

It’s difficult for the light sleeper when they have back pain while sleeping. Spinal pain bothers sleepers of all types. The materials in a viscoelastic bed help distribute the weight of your body throughout the mattress so the bed will contour your figure. The curves that naturally come with your body will be able to rest easily with the support you need. This means that your spine will stay in its natural position free of hard coils that could cause pain far after you wake up.

“Many things that we take for granted are affected by sleep,” says Raymonde Jean, MD, director of sleep medicine and associate director of critical care at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. “If you sleep better, you can certainly live better. It’s pretty clear.”

Stop tossing

When you toss you do a great deal of harm to your spine over time. With a memory foam mattress, no matter what position you switch to, your joints are pretty much safe. Your protruding parts, like your shoulder and hip, when sleeping on your side, will be surrounded by the memory foam opposed to being pushed hard against it, as with coil mattresses.

Say goodbye to mites

These little fellas can wreak havoc on the life of the light sleeper who has allergies. Your best choice is to select a bed that won’t hold as many. A coil mattress can have up to a million taking shelter while some memory foam mattresses are much more compact and dense. Mites find nesting difficult and move on to roomier options.

With dust mites on the run, most allergies will not be inflamed keeping you awake and night feeling unable to breathe.

Try to mask it

Sometimes, light sleepers wake up just from the lights coming in through the window at night, be it passing traffic or a neighbor backing into their driveway. Eye masks are a simple and inexpensive way to keep the darkness in and the light sleeper asleep.

Turn it off

We don’t only mean the lights, this goes for everything. Your television, your tablet, your computer, and your smartphone should all be turned off when you are ready to hit the sack. In fact, you should try to turn these devices off at least thirty minutes before you go to bed.

Shutting it all off early will help your body wind down so that when the time comes for you to go to sleep it should be easier. Unwinding without external devices should lull you into a deeper sleep.

Noise machine

These little machines do wonders for light sleepers. Especially if noises around the house or outside is part of the reason you are unable to stay asleep. The sounds that white noise machines emit are not only soothing to the sleeper, they drown out all the other noises, which stops them from waking you.

No midnight eating, please!

Those bedtime pieces of pizza or doughnuts are not only adding pounds to your love handles, they are keeping you awake. Late night eating can cause a myriad of sleeping problems including acid reflux. It is best to make sure there are a few hours in between your last meal and bedtime.

Stay cool

By this, we mean the temperature in the bedroom. When it’s hot and muggy, falling asleep is difficult. But when the room is cool a light sleeper might be able to fall asleep faster than when they are sticky with sweat.

Some of these tips may appeal to you while others do not. We suggest you mix up a few or try them all because the better your chances will be for a restful night.

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Jane Williamson

Jane Williamson

Jane Williamson is a travel blogger and digital nomad passionate about writing and discovering the world one country at a time. She finds joy in reading, practicing yoga, meditating and passionately learning more about life from each new person she meets.
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