Nearly everyone these days has trouble sleeping, whether for medical or personal reasons. All kinds of factors can lead to loss of sleep: from your type of bed to what you ate that day. To help you catch some zzz’s, here are 7 tips on how to get more (and better!) sleep!
Leave the bed for sleeping. Don’t use your bed for surfing the internet, lounging around, or working, it will only make it more difficult to fall asleep when you need to. Instead, only use your bed for when the lights go out, and you will be out like a light!
Need to nap? Try not to nap for any longer than twenty minutes, because after that it will be a lot harder to get up. In fact, try to only nap during the earlier half of the day. This way, you will be energised for the remainder of your day.
Keep the caffeine to a minimum. While caffeine might be crucial to your routine in the morning, cut back on your intake after lunch time. Anything after that might just keep you up all night! Instead, trying drinking a glass of water or two before you head to bed.
Stick to a consistent schedule. Try to fall asleep at the same time and wake up at the same time, or at least sleep for the same amount of time. If you don’t have a sleeping schedule, you will find it harder and harder to sleep when you are supposed to.
Dim the lights for the main event. About two or three hours before your bedtime, dim the lights down a little to prepare your brain for sleep. The lowered lights indicate to the brain to produce hormones to make you real sleepy.
Think about your worries earlier in the day. What keeps most people up at night are the worries of the day, what they need to do, what they forgot to do, etc. Instead of letting your anxieties keep you up all night long, plan a “worry appointment” earlier on in the day, at least a good few hours before you go to sleep. This way, you will sleep softer and sounder.
Still having trouble sleeping? Try the 4-7-8 breathing technique, courtesy of Dr. Andrew Weil, instructional video found here. It’s said to be nature’s natural tranquilizer, used by all sorts of individuals to find balance.
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