How To Sleep Better Every Night
by Helene Malmsio
Even if you don't necessarily suffer from insomnia, perhaps you still feel as if you're not sleeping as well as you could be. The truth is that sleep is directly linked to many areas of our overall health: our weight, our memory, stress, moods and even disease.
If you're wondering how to sleep better, here are five tips that'll help you do just that.
1) Find Out What's Right For You
Do you ever wonder why you're always feeling tired even though you get just as many hours sleep as your partner?
Although it could be related to the quality of your sleep, it also comes down to the fact that different people need different amounts of sleep.
For some that may mean nine hours a night, for others just five is enough. Find out what works for you and stick to that at all costs.
2) Establish A Schedule
Once you know how many hours work best for you, start a new schedule. Try to go to bed at roughly the same time each day, and wake up at the same time each morning.
There will almost certainly be times when you break the schedule, and that's fine. But the more you stick to a sleeping schedule, the less occasional breaks in that schedule will affect you.
3) Watch What You Drink
Even if you sleep for a long time, a broken sleep means you'll feel less alert in the morning. Try to avoid this by emptying your bladder right before you go to bed, and avoiding drinks a few hours before bed time.
If you like to drink caffeinated drinks then try to avoid these in the six hours before you usually go to bed, as they will leave you feeling more alert.
4) Watch What You Eat
Eating a heavy meal too close to bedtime can interfere with the quality of your sleep. In particular, try to avoid protein and stick to small snacks full of carbohydrates instead. Try to plan main meals so you eat them a few hours before bed.
5) Let Yourself Relax
There's a reason why many of us feel so restless during the night, and that's the fact that we don't let ourselves wind down. Try to give yourself an hour before bedtime to just relax.
This means turning off electronics (which can make it harder to wind down), and relaxing by bathing, reading, or anything else that helps you to unwind.
When you do go to bed, don't go there to read or watch TV: try to keep the bedroom for sleep and sex only.
Knowing how to sleep better is actually fairly simple when you look at the points above. The main problem most of us have is that we're always busy and on the go.
Allow yourself to get into a routine and you'll probably end up more productive during waking hours!
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