Sleep is one of the most important things you can give your body, but too many of us don’t get enough or don’t sleep soundly when we do slumber. If you want to feel better and be healthier, you can’t neglect your sleep. Here are some tips to help improve your sleep so you’ll feel better every day.
Avoid caffeine late in the day
Caffeine can affect your body for hours, so limit or stop your intake after 5 P.M. Try drinking water in the evening, but not too much, or your midnight bathroom breaks could seriously affect your sleep.
Say ‘no’ to screen time before bed
Don’t look at your phone, television, or computer for one hour before bed. Screen activity can trigger your brain waves into action and it’s difficult for them to switch off for sleep. Instead, try reading a book or soaking in a warm bath to relax you and ready you for sleep.
Stick to a regular sleep schedule
Don’t stay up hours later on the weekend or sleep in on your day off. While it’s okay to sleep for an extra half an hour or so, more than that can disrupt your body’s internal clock and make it hard for you to fall asleep the next night.
Give yourself permission to go to bed
Most of us burn the midnight oil far too often, struggling to get everything done in one day. Give yourself permission to go to bed just thirty minutes earlier each night. You’ll notice that you won’t miss that time but you will wake up feeling more refreshed.
Make sure your bedroom and bed are comfortable. It’s easier to sleep in a slightly cool environment, so use a quiet fan or ceiling fan to create a cool breeze all year long. If your bed isn’t comfortable, consider replacing it or adding a mattress topper to adjust the comfort level.
Don’t go to bed hungry (or full)
Eating too close to bedtime can make a good night sleep impossible since your body will be busy digesting food all night long. Go to bed hungry, and you may wake up with hunger pains in the middle of the night.
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