Sleep is so much more than simply sleeping. It’s about giving yourself the energy to go to work the next day, boosting your concentration, and even improving your overall cognitive function. Getting adequate sleep also means you’ll reduce your chances of getting sick or experiencing conditions like depression or anxiety. Yet, despite how important sleep is, many people miss the mark when it comes to getting quality sleep.

Remember, quality of sleep is just as important as quantity.  In fact, some people might even argue that quality may even be more important than quantity. If you’re looking for ways to feel more rested in the morning and reap all the benefits that sleep has to offer, here are some of the best tips for a more restful sleep.

Set Up The Right Environment

One of the most important aspects of getting a good night’s rest is ensuring that you set up the right environment. You should set your room’s temperature between 67 and 69°, and make sure there are no bright lights or loud noises.

You should have a comfortable bed, and there should be no outside distractions like people coming in and out of the room, or animals who may disrupt your sleep.

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If you happen to be one of those people with a partner who snores or sleeps restlessly, then consider wearing earplugs or buying a bigger bed. The more you can set up your sleep environment to promote healthy and deep sleep, the more you will achieve it.

Establish a Consistent Schedule

A schedule is everything when it comes to teaching your body how to rest.  The more consistent you can be with your bedtime routine, the more your body will start to get into the habit of knowing when it’s time to rest.

Try to get into a sleepy state by conducting a ritual. For some people, this might be taking a bath, or reading a book. Avoid screens when creating your nightly ritual, and try to stay as strict as possible. This doesn’t only apply to what time you go to bed, but also the time you wake up in the morning. Your rest schedule is like a muscle. Train it as much as possible, and it will get stronger and stronger.

Be Mindful of Food and Drink

What you eat and drink has so much more effect on your body than just your weight. What you eat and drink has a significant impact on how well you sleep.

For example, drinking a lot of coffee right before you go to sleep is obviously going to inhibit you from sleeping. The same goes for drinking alcohol. Although many people may rely on alcohol to help them fall asleep faster, the truth is that it can lead to frequently waking up throughout the night, and also lead to a pesky hangover.

The same goes for eating too much before you go to sleep. Going to bed with a full and heavy stomach can lead to a restless night’s sleep and an aching tummy.