If you have trouble sleeping, you know that even the tiniest changes can cause big problems. Can you imagine what it would be like to try and sleep in a place where the sun never sets? Those who live in the land of the midnight sun tend to adapt and develop perfectly normal sleeping patterns over time. Getting enough sleep, however, can be a very real problem for travelers who visit Alaska or Norway during the summer. Fortunately it’s 2015, and we can learn from those who have gone polar before us.

Control your light exposure.

If you’ve investigated sleep at all, you’re already aware of the importance of Circadian Rhythms in determining our sleep patterns. Lots of circumstances and habits can interrupt those rhythms, causing lost sleep and less-than-perfect days. You can, however, take control of one very high-impact factor in sleep regulation – light. The type of light you’re exposed to is incredibly important to the way you feel during the day and how well you sleep at night. To sleep under the blazing sun, you can wear blue-light-blocking glasses. These simple, affordable glasses filter out the blue light that tells your brain it’s time to be awake. Eliminate the wake-up signal at night by blocking blue light, and face it head-on in the morning for a pre-coffee pick-me-up. Other options for controlling light exposure include light therapy and blackout curtains.

Supplement your sleepiness.

Sometimes your natural systems just need a little boost. There are some things we can consume to improve our sleep, even if we want to do it naturally. Melatonin supplements add extra oomph to the physiological mechanism that lulls us to sleep. Drinking warm tea can help you drift off to dreamland as well. You can experiment with chamomile, jasmine, lavender, valerian, and mint teas to find just the right combination for you. Just make sure you keep your teas caffeine free!

Set the stage.

No matter where you lay your head, your bed is going to have a big impact on the quality of your sleep. As a matter of fact, if you sleep better away from home, it could be a sign that your everyday bedding needs an update. When you know the conditions that give you your best sleep, you can minimize disruptions and maximize your comfort – even when some circumstances are out of your control. Find a mattress and pillows that you love, and don’t settle for ones that you don’t. Keep an eye mask and ear plugs next to your bed to rule out environmental interruptions. If you share your bed with someone noisy or tossy-turny, consider a heat- and motion-regulating latex mattress.

Most of all, stay flexible!

The sleep experts at A Goodnight Sleepstore are the last people who will try to convince you that everyone’s sleep needs are the same. They’re so not, and they’re constantly evolving. It’s actually the diversity of individual sleep preferences that keeps us in business. If you’re not sure how to get the best sleep, at home or on the road, come visit one of our North Carolina or South Carolina locations. We’ll help you evaluate your sleep space and find the guaranteed lowest price on a mattress guaranteed to give you a better night’s sleep.

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