Sleep is essential to your health and general wellbeing, so it makes sense to do everything you can to ensure that you don’t suffer from drowsy days and restless nights.

Reading through mattress reviews will help you to choose the right one for you, and that is just one of the positive things you can do to boost your sleep quality right away.

Regular as clockwork

One of the keys to achieving a good sleep pattern is sticking to a regular sleep schedule.

Going to bed at about the same time every night whenever possible, will help to reinforce your sleep-wake cycle, and with that level of consistency, comes a better sleep.

Don’t try to force the issue however, as that can be counter-productive. If you don’t manage to get to sleep without about 20 minutes of going to bed, try to do something relaxing like taking a bath, before going back to bed.

If you are regular as clockwork with your sleep pattern, your body will normally repay you in kindness, as you wake feeling energized and refreshed.

The right sleep conditions

Having a TV or any other electronic device in your bedroom is not exactly conducive to getting asleep and there are also other ways to get comfortable and in the right mode for sleep.

There is some research that points towards watching TV as your bedtime ritual as being guilty of interrupting your sleep cycle, so avoid taking in a film or favorite show if you can, as it might entertain you but it won’t help you get to sleep.

Comfort is a big factor in getting the right sleep conditions.

A good quality mattress and comfortable pillows are definitely going to contribute towards better sleep. In addition, your bedroom should ideally have a cool temperature, very limited light or darkness, and peace and quiet.  Combine all those factors and you are helping to contribute towards your ideal sleeping conditions.

Say not to the coffee

It is not just coffee that contains caffeine of course, as tea and cola are also going to give your brain a bit of a boost when you take a drink of your favorite brand.

What you need to remember that the caffeine found in these drinks, acts as a stimulant, which is all very well if you are trying to kickstart your day first thing in the morning, but not a great idea if you are trying to get to sleep.

Caffeine will normally stay in your system for up to eight hours, so the best thing to do if you want to ensure that you get a good sleep, is to say no to the coffee or any other drink containing caffeine, after about 2pm.

If you follow these simple strategies and a few others besides, it should help you to achieve a decent sleep, allowing you to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to face the day.

Owen Brady works in a home furnishings store and takes a great interest in home decor and DIY.  He writes about these topics in his articles.