Getting a good night’s sleep is the key to being productive in both your work and personal life. When we are not getting enough sleep, we can have issues with concentration, hunger or irritability which can leave us unable to perform as well as we used to. If you are struggling to get a full night of rest, you really need to work on it now to ensure things don’t get even worse. Here are 5 things that you can do right now to improve the quality of your sleep.

  1. Causes of sleep deprivation

The first thing that you need to think about and rectify is the cause of your sleep deprivation. In modern society, there are many distractions that can prevent us from getting the sleep that we need. Are you under pressure with work or your personal life, are you perhaps spending too much time on your screen or you may be suffering from insomnia? Have a think about what could be causing your sleep issues and then set up a plan to try and cut the problem out of your life.

  1. Treatment for sleep deprivation

If you are suffering from sleep deprivation, it might be that you need to seek treatment. Over time as we lose the quality sleep that we need each night we accrue a sleep debt. This often needs to be paid back before we can start to feel better. It might be that you need medicinal help so that you can get the sleep that you need. Speak to a doctor and see what they suggest. A doctor might want to know a bit about your sleep cycle before the prescribe anything, take a look at our guide to the best apps and technology for getting a good night’s sleep for tips on logging your rest periods.

  1. Prevention

Remember that prevention is always better than cure. Sleep deprivation leaves us in an awful state. We can struggle to concentrate, have difficulties regulating our emotions and it can also lead to obesity as hormone imbalances cause us to overeat. If you are just starting to worry about the amount you sleep, do something about it now, don’t wait for the problem to get worse. One thing that you could do is think about your mattress. Is it supporting you adequately as you sleep, could that be holding you back from a good night’s sleep? Why not choose the very best mattress for yourself and see if you can start waking up feeling refreshed every morning?

  1. Avoid caffeine

It can be tempting to overuse caffeine when we are struggling with sleep. Often, it can feel like the only thing that gets us through the day. Caffeine is a stimulant, however, and it can actually prevent us from falling to sleep in the evenings. If you must drink it, make sure that you stop after 2 pm, giving the caffeine chance to work it’s way out of your system before bed.

  1. Try to schedule your sleep

If you can get yourself into a sleep schedule, your body will know exactly what is expected of it when it comes to falling asleep and staying asleep. Try going to bed and waking up at the same time each day and see if your body falls into a routine.

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