The Secret to Better Sleep

We have all been there – tossing and turning – unable to fall asleep. Sleep is important and a lack of it can affect not only the body, but the mind as well. Read on for three tips to help ensure better sleep…

Have a Routine.

It is important that you are consistent with your sleep schedule, even on weekends. Your body will recognize these patterns and help reinforce your body’s sleep-wake cycle. Essentially, you can “train” your body to follow this cycle by being consistent.A wind-down routine definitely helps with this. Such activities may include having a bath, reading a book, doing some yoga, or meditating. Calming the body and mind will ease your transition from wakefulness to sleepiness.
If for some reason you need more sleep, it is suggested to nap midday as opposed to sleeping for a longer period of time. A 15-30 minute nap should do the trick – anything more could result in waking up during REM (rapid eye movement.) Waking up during this time can actually leave you feeling more tired, as it is the deepest form of sleep.

Comfort.

Make sure you choose a bed and pillow that compliment your sleep style – it is absolutely worth the investment. After all, if you are not comfortable, you are not going to sleep well. If a new bed is not in the budget, a mattress pad may do the trick temporarily. It is also important that your bedroom is dark, quiet, and the proper temperature. If distractions are often present, perhaps earplugs and an eye mask would be a good investment.

Turn off the Electronics.

Many sleep specialists and studies recommend avoiding the use of any electronics at least one hour prior to bed. Televisions, computers and phones actually stimulate the mind before bed, making it more difficult to fall asleep.
We spend a significant amount of our lives sleeping. Make sure you follow these steps to ensure you are reaping the benefits of a good night’s sleep. Sweet dreams!

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