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Get Grateful & Enjoy a Great Night’s Sleep

October 16, 2017


How getting grateful can lead to a better night’s sleep

The study of sleep is an ongoing initiative practiced the world over by somnologists, psychologists and doctors of all kinds. This is because sleep plays such a vital role to support our health. Without proper sleep, our immune systems become compromised, mental clarity becomes clouded and our emotions run rampant. As such, a lot of time is being invested into finding ways to assist individuals who battle to get enough sleep.

When we battle to sleep, we are often tempted to negate the role our emotions play in the matter. We try a variety of sleeping aids, switch up our bedroom routine, alter our diets, and often neglect to take care of the most obvious thing - our frame of mind. According to a recent study in applied psychology by professor Nancy Digdon from MacEwan University in Canada, getting a good night's sleep could be as easy as spending 15 minutes with your journal before turning in for the night.

Sounds far-fetched, we know, but the impact of practicing mindful gratitude is not just an anecdotal adage, it has been proven in clinical trials by more than one researcher. In fact, one trial included 400+ participants, of whom 40% had presented with acute sleep disorders. According to the findings of this widespread inquiry, the individuals who kept a gratitude journal reported happier, more restful pre-sleep thoughts, which in turn resulted in a faster dozing-off time, as well as deeper and longer sleep in general.

So, how can you replicate these findings at home? It’s very simple really. All you have to do is take 15 minutes before you go to bed to jot down three to five things for which you felt grateful that day. The thinking behind this method is that it has the potential to ‘rewire’ your outlook on life in the long run. Because you know you’ll be sitting down with your journal at night, you’ll be on the lookout for positive things to report. However simple and straightforward this may seem, this positive adjustment in the way you perceive life and move through the world has the potential to improve your entire experience by making you more open to the good things you encounter, and less likely to dwell on the bad.

While a positive attitude is a surefire way to bolster the effectiveness of your bedtime routine, it also helps if you have a comfortable sleeping environment. Sleep experts recommend a fully darkened room, a slightly cooler temperature and a mattress that conforms to your comfort levels. For some people, this means quite a firm mattress, while others prefer a softer sleep surface. Find your comfort level and pave the way to a restful night’s sleep with Bed King.


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