Tips for a More Restful Sleep

Have you ever had one of those nights where you mind was going a mile a minute and you just could not get to sleep? Or, have you ever have nights where you keep waking up? If you haven’t been able to get a good night’s sleep, here are some tips you can use to get a more restful sleep.

Watch what you eat:

  • Do not eat right before bed. When you do this you are making your body work all night to digest the food instead of sleep. The best thing is to not eat for at least 2 hours before you go to sleep.
  • Steer clear of caffeine and other stimulants. You may think you’re okay if you don’t drink that diet soda before going to sleep, but stimulants like caffeine, can stay in our bodies for up to 6 hours. If you’re having trouble sleeping. Try limiting caffeine to the beginning of your day.
  • Limit alcohol consumption. Alcohol may put you to sleep quickly, however, you are much more likely to wake up in the middle of the night then to have a restful sleep.

Good Sleeping and Preparation Habits:

  • Go to sleep at the same time each night. Our bodies thrive on consistency. Waking up and going to sleep at a set time each day will help your body develop a normal sleeping pattern.
  • Light and dark. Another way to help set your body on the right path is to make your bedroom as dark as possible while you’re sleeping. On the flip side, when you wake up in the morning, get as much light as possible. Open the shades and let the sun shine in!
  • Form a habit. If you follow a consistent pattern before you go to sleep each night, your body will know it’s time for sleep when you do these things. This will help you fall asleep much faster and with ease.
  • Limit your bedroom to sleeping only. If you sleep in the same place where you work, watch television, or read, you will have a much harder time falling asleep. If you limit your room to only sleep, your mind won’t be occupied by other things.

Destress so your Mind can Rest:

  • Take a warm bubble bath. Light some candles, and set a nice relaxing mood for your bath. This will help soothe your tired muscles, and help you to relax. Just be sure your bath isn’t too hot; it can actually make you more awake.
  • Avoid stimulating activities. This includes not reading or watching T.V. before bed. Instead of relaxing and sleeping, you’ll end up thinking about what you saw or read.
  • Have a nice hot cup of chamomile tea to help you sleep.

If nothing helps you get a more restful sleep, you may need to visit your doctor.

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