When it comes to prepping for a good night’s sleep, it’s fair to say that practically everyone misses the mark occasionally. That being said, there are plenty of super easy, albeit super weird tricks that you can do to help you get the rest that you deserve.
We personally love these 11 sleeping hacks because they’re a) practically effortless and b) either completely free or very inexpensive. For full tutorials on each and every trick, be sure to follow the links below.
1.Stretch away your aches and pains
Back problem sufferers, listen up! You won’t get a good night’s sleep whilst tossing and turning in agony. Instead, bust that back pain with a series of pre-bedtime stretches—you’ll be amazed by how a 5-minute routine can relax both your body and mind.
2.Invest in houseplants
Believe it or not, decorating your bedroom with houseplants such as aloe vera, English ivy, and valerian will not only make your pad look chicer, the plants’ special properties will also help you sleep better, too!
3.Tweak your pillow
Let’s be honest—most pillows were designed with a “one-size-fits-all” mentality, but we hardly live in a “one-size-fits-all” world! So, instead of struggling with a pillow that’s doing nothing for you, consider folding it or re-situating it so that it better conforms to your unique body shape. Makes sense!
4.Don’t forget those socks
There’s a reason why your mother made you wear socks to bed! Even if you’re not cold when you go to sleep, that doesn’t mean you’ll be comfortable throughout the night. Studies have shown that people sleep much better when their extremities—i.e. their hands and feet—are nice and toasty. Talk about an easy fix!
5.Sleep on your left side
It may sound odd, but studies have shown that sleeping on the left-side—as opposed to the right, stomach, or back—helps to reduce snoring and may just end up improving heart function.
6.Ditch your devices once the lights go out
Do we even have to explain this one? Whether or not you want to admit it, that blinding blue light from your cell phone isn’t doing anything to promote a good night’s rest!
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