Five Tips for a Better Night

You know the feeling — lying in bed, staring at the ceiling as the minutes tick away.
For some reason, you just can’t fall asleep. Or maybe you find yourself waking up in
the middle of the night, again and again. The next day you’re tired, groggy and just not
yourself. If these sleep issues keep occurring, they can have negative effects on your
health, work, and relationships.

Sleep problems are frustrating, but there are some simple solutions to help you overcome
them. Here are four tips to help you get a better night’s sleep.

1. Stick to a Schedule
Try to wake up and go to bed the same time everyday, including days off. This will
reinforce your body’s sleep cycle and improve your chances of falling asleep more
regularly. However, if you are unable to fall asleep don’t stress about it. Get up and do
something else. Try stretching, reading or writing down your thoughts.

2. Create a Comfortable, Relaxing Sleeping Environment
One of the best things you can do to improve your sleep is to ensure you have an ideal
sleeping environment. Your room should be dark, quiet and cool. If you find white noise
soothing, try using a fan in your bedroom. In addition, the right mattress and pillows can
make all the difference. An old, sagging mattress can lead to poor sleep, along with daily
aches and pains. It’s essential to have a firm, supportive mattress and pillows that support
your body for optimum comfort. Sealy or Serta mattresses are known as reliable brands.

3. Watch what you eat and drink
Caffeine, sugar and alcohol are often to blame for poor sleep. They all have the potential
to keep you from falling asleep or wake you up once you’ve hit the sack. Don’t drink
soda, coffee or alcohol in the evening, as they all take hours to wear off. In addition, don’t
go to sleep too hungry or stuffed to the brim as both can cause sleep problems.

4. Exercise
Regular exercise can help you fall asleep and stay asleep. It’s ideal to get in some
physical activity in the morning or afternoon to make sure you’re tired at night.
However, don’t exercise too late as this can keep you awake.

5. Turn off your gadgets
Although many people love playing on their phones, using their laptops or watching
television before bed, these devices can prevent you from having a restful sleep,
according to U.S Health News. The bright screens on computers, phones and televisions
disrupt your body’s natural sleep cycle. In addition, turning on the light to use the
bathroom can also disrupt your sleeping pattern. Install nightlights in your hallways and
bathroom instead. To make sure you are well-rested be sure to turn off all electronics at
least an hour before climbing into bed. Many people find that reading makes them sleepy.

Sleeping problems can be frustrating. But the more you stress, the harder it will be to ease
into sleep. Try some of these tips, and you may be surprised how much they help you get 
to sleep, stay asleep, and wake up rested and ready to start your day.


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