Sleep Study: How to Have More Restful Sleep

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5 powerful ways to help you have more restful sleep, according to the research.

Going to sleep might seem like an effortless thing to do for most people. For a few others, not so much. Even if you do not have insomnia, getting a good night’s rest can be a challenge. Several factors can intervene with your ability to get a good night’s sleep such as stress and anxiety from work, home, and relationships. Did you know that simple lifestyle changes and a few tricks can improve how you sleep? You can find out more in this sleep study on how to have more restful sleep.

Nap Early- Or Not At All

Naps are essential to your daily routine. They are designed to re-energize your body for the day’s work. A nap should be anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes long. Anything more than that could become counterproductive. This is especially true if you have naps late in the afternoon. This could disrupt your sleeping pattern causing you to fall asleep later than your regular sleeping schedule. If you take afternoon naps, you will have trouble falling asleep. If you can’t have your nap earlier than that, you should skip nap altogether.

Don’t Watch the Clock (To help deepen your sleep)

Do you find yourself constantly checking on the clock in your bedroom? If you wake up in the wee hours of the morning, or have trouble sleeping, this could worsen the problem. According to experts, doing this can cause you more sleep stress. Avoid the urge to peek at the clock at night. If possible, put your alarm clock in the drawer or anywhere that isn’t easily accessible to you. If you have no concept of time, your body will naturally ease back to sleep.

Keep Your Bed Sacred

Do not spend your time in bed to surf the internet or do your work. You want your bedroom to be a haven for sleeping – a relaxing environment that will serve as your refuge at the end of a long, tiring day.

Light Reading (To help relax your brain to help you sleep better)

Do you remember as a child how your parents would read a book to put you to sleep? This same concept applies even for adults. Most people nowadays would spend their time on their smartphones or tablets before dozing off. However, you need to set aside your smartphone and grab a book instead. Light reading is proven to prepare your mind and body to sleep, according to this Times article.

Reading can spruce up your imagination as you enter into this fictitious realm of the book. At the same time, reading can help to clear your mind from the stresses that you experienced that day. When your mind is clear, you can enjoy a more restful sleep.


Getting restful sleep is no rocket science. By adapting the combination of these tips, you should see an improvement on how you sleep. This will in turn make you feel well rested every time you wake up in the morning.

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About Daren Denholm

Daren Denholm went from nearly failing University to becoming the Highest Ranked Competitor at the World Memory Championships from Africa and the Southern Hemisphere for 6 years in a row! (2006 – 2011) He was also the only person in the world to compete in ALL 6 World Memory Championships during this time.