Do you suffer from poor sleeping habits and struggle through each day, fantasizing about the moment you can get back to your bed and sleep? Then, the moment you get in bed your eyes pop open, your brain starts ticking, and the cycle of no sleep starts all over again. If that sounds like you, you are not alone as more and more people report poor sleeping habits each year.
The question on everyone’s lips is how to fight your mind and get some sleep. With no magic cure, a lot of the time it comes down to lifestyle and health habits. Attempting to change a few of your daily habits may result in the best sleep you have had in a long time. Take a look at some of the main instigators of lack of sleep here:
Get Better Sleep With These Tips
Create a Restful Environment
This may seem obvious, but sometimes something small may be the cause of your lack of sleep. If you suffer from something like back pain or chronic illness, it is probably a good idea to get your bed checked. Online services such as www.mattress-guides.net/top-premium-mattresses-chronic-lower-back-pain/ provide individuals with a list of products matched to their health issues.
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Changing your mattress is only one step to creating a relaxing environment. You may also want to check the temperature of your bedroom. If it is too hot, or too cold, often the body will use more energy trying to warm up. As strange as this sounds, the extra energy burned does keep you awake longer.
Watch What You Eat & Drink Before Bed
Drinking coffee after a particular time is a big no-no, but if you are a big tea drinker, you might not be aware that tea has the same effects as a cup of coffee before bedtime. Yep, even green tea. Instead, opt for a warm glass of milk (if you’re okay with dairy products). Milk has tryptophan, an amino acid (protein) that helps induce sleep.
Junk food is also a large contributor to a lack of sleep in many people. Especially sweets. Too much sugar can give you a sugar rush and prevent you from getting that much-needed beauty sleep to function the next day. Tips on what foods to avoid before bed can be found at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/07/worst-foods-for-sleep_n_3709421.html.
Create a Routine
Studies have shown that most humans thrive on routine. We need it to complete even the most mundane tasks in our day to day lives. Creating a routine before bedtime can prepare your mind and body for sleep.
Some people may choose to go for a light walk before they settle down for the night, while others may choose to practice guided meditation from Youtube. This type of routine is essential in ensuring your mind shuts off the problems and all the thoughts you may have stored up throughout the day.
There is nothing worse than being up all night and then having to work an unnecessarily rough day. By creating a comfortable environment, watching what you eat and creating a relaxing routine before bed can help you improve your sleep habits. Hopefully, by following these simple steps, you can be on the way to a healthier, fresher and well-rested person.
Do you have a nighttime routine for better sleep?
– Marsha 💋