In addition to the value in a good trampoline bounce, doctors and self-help gurus are forever telling us the importance of a good night's rest. There's no denying how crucial it is for our wellbeing—it's one of the keys for a healthy and productive lifestyle. Our busy lives, however, can make it difficult to get the appropriate number of 'Zs' every night.
Whether you feel like you need to make the most of your night, before you get up early for work, or whether your kids find it hard to hit the hay after spending all evening on their tablets, we guarantee that there's someone in your household who could use better rest. Follow our top tips, and you’ll be on your way the blissful restorative sleep you’ve (sorry for the pun) always dreamt of.
The first step to getting quality sleep after a good trampoline bounce is to create a restful environment. Take a look around your bedroom… is it filled with technology like a TV, computer or brightly-lit alarm clock? Is there mess and clutter? It’s important that your bedroom is cool, dark and tidy. A quality mattress and pillow is also vital. If we are asleep for a quarter of our lifespan, it’s important that the place where we rest is supporting our bodies accordingly.
Remove any unnecessary distractions, and keep technology to a minimum, as those harsh screens will send signals to your brain to wake up! You can download some great apps that adjust the brightness and warmness of your computer screen to give your brain an easier transition to sleep.
A wind-down activity is a great way to get yourself relaxed before sleep. Set your bed time, and in the hour leading up to it, remove yourself from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the house. Dim the lights and settle in with a book, some meditation or a quiet hobby. Reflecting on your day during this time is a good idea if you’re an over-thinker, too, as it prevents you from doing so while you’re trying to get to sleep.
Revisit our ‘Unwinding with your Vuly trampoline’ article for plenty of great relaxation ideas that can include your trampoline. Your Vuly should be set up in the backyard, so it's the perfect location to let the sounds of nature calm your mind. Finally, introduce a deep breathing routine as you lay down for the night; it’s a fantastic way to slow your heart rate and your mind to prepare for a night of deep rest.
Taking a look at your daily routine can reveal some valuable insights into why sleep may not come so easily to you at nighttime. Are you sipping on coffee at 4pm? What about pounding the pavement at night? Do you tend to use your time in bed to dwell on or plan upcoming commitments?
Pinpointing any possible habits which may be affecting your ability to 'switch off' is important in the long term; the earlier you change these habits, the better chance you'll have at combatting your insomnia.
Ensure that your body is receiving the right fuel and enough exercise during the day. Avoid processed foods with artificial colours, flavourings and preservatives. There's truth to the old 'myth' about red cordial; some people suffer from hyperactivity after consuming artificial colours (particularly red). Eating a light dinner early on in the night and avoiding those naughty, sugary late night treats are key!
Daily exercise is also a great way to ensure that you get quality sleep—whether you enjoy a cardio session in the backyard on your Vuly trampoline, weight training or sports practise, physical exercise earlier each day should be a top priority for those who struggle with sleep disorders.
Let us know how you make sure that you're getting a quality snooze each night. Do you have a special nighttime routine that works for you?
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