We all have trouble sleeping from time to time. As our body experiences changes in our teenage years or in our later ages, sleep may elude us. We also do not sleep well when we are experiencing stress, anxiety or other conditions such as ADHD, bipolar disorder.
Why Sleep Matters
Not getting sufficient sleep at night may cause us to be tired, cranky, and distracted the next day. But this may be the least of our worries. A persistent lack of sleep may cause serious health issues such as obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Sleep and health are strongly related. According to many sleep studies/journals, poor sleep is linked to physical problems such as a weakened immune system and mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
Having a good night’s sleep has been known to result in improved overall mental well-being and better functional abilities at work and school for adults and youths.
Sleep like a baby
Before you head to the pharmacy to get prescriptions to sleep better, here are 3 ideas to help yourself get better sleep at night.
1. Start a Sleep Ritual
Even in adulthood, a set of bedtime rituals can have a similar effect as the bedtime rituals for kids. This ritual helps signals the body and mind that it’s coming to be time for sleep, and prompts our body clock to habitually align itself to wind down for the night.
Avoid rigorous exercise and/or eating too much towards bedtime. Give yourself time to wind down before bed; the recommended time is about 30 minutes. Take a bath. Listen to calming music. Relax with deep breathing exercises (inhale slowly and deeply, and then exhale).
2. Reserve Bed for Sleep and Sex
Don’t use your bed as an office for answering phone calls and responding to emails. The bed needs to be a stimulus for sleeping, not for wakefulness. The association of your bed with sleeping will help to frame your mental mindset when you approach it to rest.
3. Create a Conducive Environment to Sleep
Make sure your bedroom is as comfortable as possible. Draw your curtains to create a quiet, dark, and cool environment to sleep in. Make sure you have a comfortable mattress and good pillows to support your sleep environment through the night.
A good pillow like the Origin Superior Coolmax® Latex Pillow has a latex form that molds to the shape of your head to give you the right level of sleep support. The latex materials are extremely durable with hypoallergenic properties that have lesser dust, bacteria, or mold issues, and highly recommended if you suffer from allergies.
In addition, the Origin Superior Coolmax® Latex Pillow comes with a removable pillow cover that is made from Tencel fabric, a softer and more natural feel than cotton that is ideal for tropical climates such as ours and will last a long period of time even with frequent washes.
You can get your Origin Superior Coolmax® Latex pillow ($129) from the Origin Mattress website. While it is slightly pricier than your regular pillows, the restful nights of sleep you will get from this pillow will be worth the price.
The pillow is the same size as most regular pillows (65cm x 40cm x 13cm). The delivery is quick (within 48hours). Your purchase comes with a 2-year warranty and a 7-day free return.