Our Tips to Getting a Good Night’s Sleep in a Big City
So Much To Do In Big Cities, Sleep Often Takes a Backseat
Our company is based out of Nashville, TN but whether Nashville’s your home or you live somewhere else around the world, you may already know that it’s one of the hottest cities in the United States. In fact, recent reports show Nashville has the 4thh strongest economy of all U.S. cities. And in 2017, Nashville’s economy was deemed the third fastest growing in the nation. It has some of the lowest property taxes in the country, and was named the “hottest housing market in the US” by Freddie Mac realtors.
Today, the Nashville metropolitan area is home to more than 1.9 million people and over 40,000 businesses. Nashville’s economy is strengthened by its diversity in commerce including: music, tourism, healthcare, publishing, banking, transportation and education. Nashville also offers its residents an endless supply of entertainment and activities, day and night. Nashville hosts the Grand Ole Opry, historic tours, two pedestrian bridges, and state parks – endless options in day and night life.
The seemingly endless list of professional opportunities and recreational activities is true of many big cities across the world. But living in a thriving metropolis has its downsides, too. With so much to do, how do you find time to sleep?
The Value of Sleep
Adults, who run hard during the day, require 8 to 9 hours of sleep each night in order to rejuvenate the mind and body. Lack of sleep can cause a plethora of problems later in life, including weight gain. Getting a good nights’ sleep is one of the most necessary elements for overall health and well being, especially for city residents. Sleep is critical to repair your body and rejuvenate cells in your brain, skin, bones, muscles and organs.
Sleep not only affects how you feel, it affects how you look, and ultimately how you will be perceived by others. When your body and mind are at rest, your body temperature and heartbeat regulates, your blood supply increases, your muscles relax and repair, hormones are released for growth and development throughout your body, memory consolidation occurs, and most importantly, your energy is restored.
As home inspectors in Nashville, we know the importance of a home and its role in helping us all get a good night’s sleep – regardless of what city you may live in. Here are five top tips to ensure your downtime includes plenty of quality rest, so you can experience ALL that your city has to offer.
Five Tips for Getting Good Sleep in a Big City:
- Eat Healthy Foods and Eat Early
The food you eat and when you eat it can have a big impact on how well you sleep as well as how rested you feel the next day. Your body will have trouble resting when it’s focused on digesting a full stomach while you sleep.
Stay away from big meals at night; eat early!
- Avoid eating heavy or rich foods late or right before bedtime
- Also avoid going to bed on an empty stomach
- Eat foods containing amino acid tryptophan, including: meat, cheese, lean turkey, yogurt, poultry, eggs and fish that can cause drowsiness
- Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine Before Bed
Alcohol and caffeine can impair your REM sleep cycle and cause you to wake less than refreshed.
Reduce alcohol and caffeine intake fours hours before bedtime; drink early!
- Drink alcohol in moderation and earlier in the evening
- Drink your coffee earlier in the day, not later
- Avoid caffeine-rich foods and drinks including chocolate, tea and carbonated drinks, especially energy drinks, late at night
- Drink some milk or chamomile tea before bed to relax
- Focus on Relaxing Before Bed
Incorporate relaxation into your routine, right before bedtime
- Don’t work out late; it stimulates your muscles and body
- Do deep breathing exercises such as yoga, meditation and muscle relaxation
- Take a warm bath or shower
- Turn off the TV and read a relaxing book
- Listen to soft music or sounds
- Follow a Sleep Schedule
Try to follow a sleep schedule to promote a better night’s sleep. If you’re going to be on the go, make sure you maximize the sleep you do get.
Stick to a schedule during the week to promote healthier sleep; go to bed at the same time (as often as possible)!
- Go to bed and get up at the same time every day
- Try not to break this schedule on weekends, holidays and days off
- Get Rid of the Light!
When you do finally turn in, it’s important to maximize the rest your body gets during sleep. Sleeping in full darkness allows your body to release “sleep hormones”, also known as melatonin, which keep your sleep cycle regulated.
Eliminate your temptation to keep going; block out the light!
- Get rid of night lights
- Turn off the TV
- Position light from illuminated alarm clocks away
- Use blackout curtains
In our thriving “It City”, it’s hard to find time to sleep. Be smart by maintaining a high standard of care for your mind and body, and keep sleep a top priority. With the extra energy, you’ll not only stay sharp, but you’ll be able to enjoy all of the entertainment and activities that your city has to offer!
Once you’ve figured out how to maintain and protect your sleep habits, make time to experience some of the most popular things to do your city. Or, come visit us in Nashville!