Tips for Getting Better Sleep

September 13th, 2011 · No Comments

It’s important that you get enough sleep every night. Poor sleep habits can cause a number of problems in your life including low energy, bad mood, and increased stress. A regular sleep schedule may be all you need to avoid these problems. Going to bed and waking up at the same time everyday, including weekends, can get your body into a rhythm and make it easier to fall asleep at night. But if that’s not enough to help you fall asleep and get a restful night’s sleep please review the following tips.

Don’t eat or drink too much before bed.  Have dinner at least two hours before you plan on going to bed and avoid spicy or fatty foods if possible if you regularly experience heartburn as these could trigger your heartburn and make it more difficult to sleep. Drinking caffeine will severely decrease the quality of your sleep and increase the amount of time it takes for you to fall asleep because it takes many hours to eliminate this chemical stimulant from the body and allow sleep to occur.

Get plenty of exercise. Physical activity can help you prepare your body for the rest you need. Aerobic exercise can help you fall asleep faster and make your sleep more restful. If exercising right before bed makes it more difficult for you to sleep try doing your workout earlier in the day.  You may find the benefits from this will be just as good.

Make your bedroom as comfortable as possible. Do whatever you need to do to make your room the best environment to get rest in. An ideal sleeping environment is dark, cool, and quiet, so black out curtains and a fan might be all the help you need. Some people may prefer a white noise machine or the radio on low to help them fall asleep; those things are fine as long as they don’t disturb your partners sleep. Also be sure your bed is comfortable enough for you because a bad mattresses and poor pillows will affect the quality of your sleep greatly.

Daytime naps can steal hours from your nighttime sleep. If you need a nap during the day try not to sleep for more than a half hour in mid afternoon. If you work nights try to keep all sunlight out of your room as sunlight automatically adjusts the body’s sleep cycle. If you sleep at night and work in the morning but still have trouble getting up try leaving the curtains open, the sunlight coming in may help wake you up.

Sleeping pills should only be used as a last resort, and even then they cannot be relied on for long term usage. Try some of these simple tips listed above to improve your sleep; you might be surprised at the results.  Look on our website for more helpful tips.

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