When you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re not going to function as you should. It really is that simple. It’s estimated we spend up to a third of our lives asleep, which sounds like a huge amount of wasted time. It makes more sense when you think of sleep as a gateway to being able to enjoy the rest of our lives.
Sadly, it’s a rarity that sleep is a simple case of laying down, close your eyes and drifting off. We’ve all had nights where we struggle; where we spend countless hours both counting sheep and trying to force our brain to settle.
While it’s never right to blame the victim, the simple truth is that there are things you could be doing (or not doing, as the case may be) that are worsening the problem. To create the best environment to catch your nightly rest, you need to create a Sleep Zone – and it’s a Zone that has some rules you need to follow.
The First Rule of Sleep Zone Is No One Talks About Sleep Zone
Erm… might have got a bit confused with something else here. You’re totally cool to talk about the Sleep Zone. We’re doing it right now. So…
The Actual First Rule of Sleep Zone Is No Kids
Yes, the feeling of snuggling up with your little ones is completely blissful. There are also times when it makes sense to welcome our children into our bed, such as when they are unwell or there’s scary storms going on outside. However, as a general rule, your bed needs to be just that – yours.
The Second Rule of Sleep Zone Is Be Comfortable
It sounds like an obvious one – but it’s nevertheless something you need to assess. You can’t buy a duvet, a set of pillows, a mattress, and bedsheets and just expect them to remain as they are. Mattresses sag, pillows lose their bounce, and sheets become scratchy with repetitive washing.
As a general rule:
- If your mattress is more than five years old, it’s time to get onto Somzi.com or browse through a store for a replacement. Regular turning can help prolong the lifespan of a mattress.
- Depending on how you wash them (hot washes, for example, will age sheets faster), you can expect bedsheets to last up to one year in great condition and in good condition for another two.
- Pillows are by far the quickest aspect of your bedding to expire and it’s not an area you should try to cut costs on – they’re too important to how you’ll sleep. So do your research and change them frequently. There are even pillows designed to help reduce facial lines as TheBeautyBrains.com discuss, if that’s something you’re concerned with!
The Third Rule of Sleep Zone Is Know When To Leave Sleep Zone
If you’re tossing and turning, panicking about how little sleep you’re going to get if your insomnia continues, then you’re not going to get to sleep. Your mind is too active. So get up, have a hot drink, read a book, and give yourself time to calm down. It’s worth noting that browsing your phone or watching TV are not useful activities in this situation – the blue light they emit can interfere with your biorhythms.