You may often fall into patterns where you are not getting enough sleep. A restless night usually results in an unsatisfying day and can impact productivity, mood and overall feelings of well being. Recent studies have shown it’s not the amount of sleep we get each night that matters, but rather the quality of the sleep we get.

Here are two techniques you can try to help:

Relax and Unwind Before You Get Into Bed

When you enter bed in a relaxed state, you tend to have a deeper and more satisfying sleep and realize that you will also not need as long to rest. You will wake up feeling more fresh and rejuvenated. Try reading or mediating vs watching TV to take your mind off things and enter a calm state. Studies indicate that when you enter sleep in absolute relaxation, the gene expression and other processes in your body take place more efficiently, which means that you will be able to wake up sooner.

Learning to go to bed without stresses is the step towards achieving a more satisfying sleep.

Set a sleep routine and stick to it

Often what you eat and how you go about your daily routine can impact your life significantly, and you may need to change that to achieve more restful and rewarding sleep. It is often said that we should rise and sleep with the patterns of the sun as this is nature’s intention; however, not all of us have the luxury of doing so with busy work and family schedules. That being said, you can still create a sleeping schedule and program your body to achieve a more consistent and relaxing sleep. For example, rather than sleeping in on the weekends, try and get up at the same time as you usually would – this will help with that dreadful feeling of getting up early for work on Monday morning! A more consistent sleep pattern will trigger your body to know when it needs its optimal rest, and you will naturally want to follow your new schedule.

Make an appointment with Hermeet Singh Suri (HOM, BSc., RHN, Epigeneticist) at The Homeopathic Plus Centre and learn what else you can do to improve your quality of sleep or what might be causing your insomnia.