A good night’s sleep prepares your body and mind to face the day ahead with renewed vigor. Make it your New Year’s resolution to get more snooze time. You can ensure that happens by following these six tips.
1. Watch What You Eat and Drink
Don’t overeat or starve yourself before going to bed. Both conditions make your body uncomfortable enough that you’ll get up from a restless slumber to address your physical issues. Be careful of what you drink a few hours before sleeping. Sources of caffeine, like coffee or soda, and nicotine, such as smoking, may disrupt your rest. Their effects may take hours to dissipate. Although alcohol may make you sleepy in the beginning, it may cause problems later in the night.
2. Get Physical
Adding regular exercise to your daily routine not only improves your physical health but can free your mind of sleep-busting stress. It can also tire you out, so you fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow. Be sure to consult your doctor to find out how much activity is appropriate for your fitness level and age. Avoid intense activity close to bedtime because the rush of physical excitement may keep you up.
3. Don’t Worry
Too much worry can prevent you from falling asleep. Look for stress management techniques on the web, such as organizing your priorities and delegating chores. Rather than thinking about things right now, write down what’s keeping you awake so that you can deal with them tomorrow.
4. Minimize Daytime Napping
Napping too much during the day can interfere with nightly slumber. If you must nap, don’t do it late in the day and limit yourself to no more than 30 minutes at a time. The only time you should consider napping late is if your work takes you into the night and you need to make up the lack of sleep.
5. Create a Sleep Schedule
You can train your body to sleep properly by creating a schedule that you can stick to. Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time each morning whether or not it’s a workday or weekend. Try to sleep between seven and eight hours to reinforce your body’s natural rhythms.
6. Make Sleep-Friendly Surroundings
You want to go to bed in soothing surroundings that encourage you to wind down. Banish items from the bedroom that have nothing to do with a restful environment including TV sets and smartphones. Buy a comfortable bed. Put up room-darkening window coverings and wear earplugs if you’re bothered by noise. Consider relaxing activities just before bedtime such as taking a warm bath or practicing mind-calming techniques.
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