In this world of highly pressured, 90 mile an hour lifestyles, it can be difficult to establish and maintain the kind of sleeping pattern that is beneficial to you. This can lead to a lack of energy during the day which in turn can lead to reduced performance and stress. Stress can then keep you up for most of the following night; it's a self-perpetuating cycle. So what steps can you take to ensure that you get the sleep you need? How can you break the cycle and attack the day with energy? Mental preparation It may sound a little over the top making mental preparations before sleep, but think about it, what kind of things usually keep you awake? Money worries, stress, trying to fit everything into your busy week: these are all mental issues. To alleviate this you need to establish a gradual shut down period, let’s say an hour before you want to sleep. During this time you need to put away your electronic devices (they wreak havoc with your ability to sleep), avoid any stimulants like caffeine and employ a relaxation technique that will help you begin to shut down. What this technique is varies from person to person but reading and listening to relaxing music have been shown to be good places to start, helping you put your worries to one side for the night. Get the right mattress It has been said in life that you should always pay good money for shoes and mattresses, because if you’re not in one, you’re on the other. It's a phrase that rings true. You are looking to spend around six to eight hours a night on your mattress, so making sure that it is the right one for you is vital to your chances of getting a good night’s rest. Just look at the trouble the princess had with the pea. There are a range of options available out there so be sure to do your research. You certainly will be glad you did when you are getting regular, undisturbed rest, allowing you to recharge your batteries and attack the day.