When was the last time you had a good night’s sleep? Your fitful sleep could be making you cranky, lethargic and just impossible to get along with. The good news is that the power of a good night’s sleep is within your grasp. The bad news is that you’re going to have to change some of your habits. Here’s how to have a good night’s sleep every night:

Set A Routine

No matter how old you are, on many levels, your body is a bit of a baby. It has to be told when to do things, especially sleep. You need to get your brain waves into a consistent pattern. This means setting a schedule for your sleepy time and sticking to that schedule. Even if you don’t fall asleep right away, you’re putting yourself in the zone you’re head in the right direction for slumberland.

Create The Perfect Sleep Environment

Do you know what you should be doing in your bedroom? Two things only: Sleep and romance. Watching movies, doing paperwork, building your child’s science project… those are the kinds of activities that need to be taken outside of the bedroom. Many will argue that having the television on helps them fall asleep. The counter-argument is that because you have the television on you’re having trouble sleeping. Your bedroom should be a comfortable temperature, as dark as possible and noise free. If needed, then consider bringing in a noise machine to make soothing sounds. If you find yourself tossing and turning, then change the perspective. Get up and go watch some television in the living room. Sleep and romance. That’s it.

Change That Thing You’re Sleeping On

Your good night’s sleep might simply come down to a matter of a mattress. The average lifespan of a decent mattress is up to eight years. Sleeping beyond that time is just asking for trouble. A mattress that loses its form can’t support your body. For decent rest, you need plenty of support. That holds true for picking the right type of pillow. Here’s something else you need to know about an old mattress. It probably weighs ten pounds heavier. Why? That is the average amount of accumulate skin cells, dust mite carcasses, and crumbs that have settled into the mattress. Ready to buy new now?

Think Soothing Thoughts

Why is it that the minute your head hits the pillow, your brain goes into hyperdrive? All your anxieties come crashing down. Who can sleep with that noise? Just as you have to “turn off” your body by placing it on a supportive mattress in a darkened room, you have to learn to quiet your brain. This would be a good time to take up meditation. There are several guided meditation tours you can use that will slowly relax the mind and body enabling you to drift off to sleep. Yes, there is an app for that. What do you need to fall asleep?