Ten tips for a sound sleep

We’ve all experienced sleepless nights at some point in our lives, some of us more frequently than others. It is perhaps one of the most frustrating conditions inflicted on normally healthy human beings – staring at the ceiling and Knowing that you have to get up in x hours and x minutes and that you are going to be Tired.

So here are 10 tips designed to help you ease your mind and body into that wonderful state of healing rest.

  • Go bland before bed. To fall asleep quickly, avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol for at least four hours before you go to bed.
  • Be predictable. Go to bed at the same time every night, and try to follow a similar routine.
  • Don’t toss and turn. If you can’t sleep after 20 minutes, get out of bed and do something else for half an hour and then try again.
  • Save the bed for sleep and sex. Avoid paying bills, reading the paper or watching TV in bed.
  • Take a bath. When your body gets ready for sleep, your temperature drops. A bath may nudge your bedtime biochemistry along.
  • Exercise early. If you exercise, do it before dinner, not after.
  • Get dark. People usually sleep best in a cool, dark environment. Invest in heavy drapes if city lights glare outside your window.
  • Grab a snack. It’s hard to sleep hungry, so try a light snack before bedtime. Some researchers think tryptophan, a chemical found in milk, naturally induces sleep.
  • Cut catnaps short. If you have trouble falling asleep, consider avoiding naps during the day. At the very least, limit them to less than an hour before mid-afternoon.
  • Deal with stress. If daytime troubles keep you awake, try jotting notes about ways to deal with them. Leave stress at the bedroom-door, if you can.
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