Anyone who has been battling for what seems like forever to get a good and restful night’s sleep, will have tried everything from A to Y to finally get a good night’s rest. But the final letter in the alphabet – the ZZZZ’s – just keepS slipping away. Baxton Property Management in Hobart thought sleepless tenants and rental property owners might like to try some new ideas.
Ways to Change your Sleeping Pattern
Start a sleep routine: Try training your body into sleeping at the right time by creating a routine for when you expect it to shut down for the night. Set your biological clock on a sleeping schedule by sticking to a pattern for a while. Don’t confuse it by changing sleep times too drastically, or too often, with irregular nap-times, or by deciding to sleep in late for the first time in a decade.
Try to set that clock reasonably early. Studies have shown that the sleep you have before midnight is generally more effective than the sleep you get in the small hours of the next morning.
Exercise: Research has shown that people who do more exercise on a regular basis during the day usually don’t have as much trouble sleeping at night. Clearly tiring the body beats over-activating the mind as a sedative. The body seems more ready to rest after activity, while the mind just revs up more and more as it gets busier and busier. Yoga can have a significant effect as it combines physical activity with quieting the mind and improving your breathing patterns.
Sleep in your bed: Dozing on the couch with your head tilting and nodding is more likely to leave you with a sore neck than a feeling of having rested. Chances are there are multiple distractions in the background, too, like droning TVs or the clatter of dishes in the kitchen.
Avoid Living Teddy Bears: Pets in the bedroom usually bring about a sense of security and comfort which may enhance sleep, but a Mayo Clinic test showed pets in or on your bed aren’t the best antidote to insomnia. There’s the discomfort factor of being cramped and the impact on your breathing of a cat or dog that sleeps on your chest with its tail tickling your face. By all means, make pet beds alongside the bed.
Children provide similar problems – studies have shown that almost four out of five adults that sleep with children have disrupted sleep patterns. That’s even higher than those who sleep with pets, which sits at about one in two that suffer as a result.
Switch off the TV an hour before bedtime: Many people claim they can only go to sleep if they have a TV on in the background, but generally, TVs are a not recommended. They keep your brain active when it should be slowing down, and disrupt the energy patterns in your bedroom.
Breathe: You could try counting sheep, like old wives suggest, and get similar results unless you keep losing count and your brain gets livelier rather than calmer as a result of this boring past-time. But many people find that deliberately slowing your breathing by inhaling and exhaling to the repetition of a simple phrase or word, gets the job done. Try saying the word “relax” as you breathe in and out, stretching this very elastic word till the extended x’s at the end hopefully become zzzz’s.
Change some habits: Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and coffee in the later part of the evening. All are stimulants, and you don’t want to feel a buzz, if you are hoping for a good night’s sleep.
Baxton Property Management wishes its rental property clients and their tenants a good night’s sleep tonight and every night. As specialists who have amassed a century of experience in property management between them, the Baxton team knows what sleepless nights are all about. For further information on how property managers can help take the stress out of owners and tenants lives, visit the Baxton website.
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