The run up to the wedding day can be quite stressful. There are last minutes things to be done and all that excitement can cause havoc with your sleep. We all know that poor-quality sleep can affect our physical and mental health – plus our appearance – but, ironically, the more one tries to drift off, often the harder it can be. To help you sleep better, we asked Karishma Bhatia, Head of Product, SleepyCat, India’s first mattress-in-a-box company and a premium sleep solutions brand to share tricks and tips that will help you clock in more shuteye. Given below are a few science-backed tips that will improve your sleep pattern instantly.
If you struggle with sleep, a mattress change can help
A memory foam mattress has many benefits including improving the quality of your sleep. Invest in a good mattress. Often back pain can keep you up, disrupting your sleep. Is memory foam good for your back? “Of course, it is. It’ll help you sleep better. Memory foam mattresses can fix sleep problems and offer viable solutions in terms of proper comfort and support,” says Karishma.
Get some white noise
A small mosquito buzzing near your ear, or the honking outside can be especially maddening when you are trying to sleep. Here comes “white noise” to the rescue! White noise is the constant ambient sound of fan, humidifier, cooler etc. that can mellow down the surround sound and help you sleep undisturbed.
Pay attention to lights
You know that lights affect the way we sleep. Set your lights to mimic the setting sun in the dimmest settings possible. If not, you can set it to a relaxing orange, this helps in the secretion of melatonin. The dark environment relaxes your body and helps you fall asleep faster.
Keep your sheets clean
Most times you end up with disturbed sleep due to allergies, itching, etc. Keep your sheets clean at all times.Your bed can turn into an active bacteria zone due to the accumulation of sweat, debris, pollen and more, causing allergies. So cleaning your sheets once a week is mandatory. Try mattress protectors, waterproof ones, to add an extra layer of protection. Fluff your pillows, toss on clean sheets and a good night’s sleep is yours!
Essential oils to the rescue
Certain fragrances can promote sleep and hence the popularity of essential oils. Lavender has calming and soothing properties that help you relax. Even Chamomile, Neroli, Cedarwood, Khus can induce sleep. Sleep experts recommend switching on an essential oil diffuser half an hour before you go to sleep. This will create a perfect setting to make your eyelids heavier.
Stimulate the pressure points
Ancient Chinese medicine tenets suggest that there are three pressure points on the wrist, which are positioned triangularly, called the golden triangle. Once stimulated, these pressure points increase blood flow and circulation. This, in turn, prompts the production of melatonin, the sleep hormone and one can fall asleep faster.
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