Tuesday, October 9, 2012

How to sleep better at night

How to sleep better at night

Anyone who suffers with sleep issues knows that sleep can sometimes seem like a chore. We need sleep to feel good. Here are some ways that can help you sleep better at night.

Prep for bed- Nightly routines aren't just for infants. They are necessary for all ages. Start a ritual about 20 to 30 minutes before bedtime. It helps prepare the body for sleep. It could include a hot bath. This helps decrease your body temperature and relax you.

Get your own sheets and blankets. Using separate ones can make up for different temperature needs you and your partner may have. When I first heard this tip, I thought it was silly. For about 6 months now, my hubby and I use separate comforters and it really does help.

Stay in the dark. If you wake up in the middle of the night, don't check your email or text messages. This messes with your internal melatonin production.

Lower the thermostat. About 68 degrees is ideal for getting a good night's sleep. It causes a decrease in body temperature.

Don't allow cell phones in the bedroom. Don't use the cell phone as an alarm clock. With all the text messages, emails and games that people play on their phones now, it messes with your sleep because it wakes you up.

Cut out the caffeine in the evening. Whether it comes from tea, soda or coffee, this stimulant can keep you up at night. This makes you tired the next day, so you reach for caffeine to perk you up. It keeps a vicious cycle going.

Hope this helps

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