Tips for Better Sleep
You’ve been up and down all day and you’re tired, but when your head hits the pillow at night you just can’t seem to get to sleep.
Sleep troubles affect us all at one point or another, so check out these simple tips to make catching ‘Zzzs’ a little easier:
- Set up, and stick to a sleep schedule. Keep your sleeping and waking times consistent even on weekends. This will help to regulate your body clock.
- Choose something that relaxes you whether it’s listening to soothing music or reading a book, and make it into a ritual before bed. This will help to put you in the frame of mind for sleep.
- Keep naps short (20 – 30 minutes). Short naps can be restorative, but long naps, particularly in the afternoon, can wreak havoc on your sleep cycle.
- Turn off TVs, smartphones, tablets, laptops and computers screens an hour before bedtime; their backlit screens stimulate chemicals in the brain that tell the body it’s time to be awake.
- Keep stressful things out of the bedroom, try as much as possible to only use it for sleep and sex.
- Avoid caffeinated beverages after lunchtime.
- If worries keep you up at night, try keeping a journal. Writing down what’s on your mind can might help you to relax. Make sure not to write in or keep the journal in your bedroom!
Sources: sleepfoundation.org, bettersleep.org, webmd.com