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5 Tips for Sleeping Like a Baby

By Genevieve Cunningham

Sleep is an incredibly important part of life. Most people don't get enough sleep. We toss and turn all night, stay up too late, work too much, and our sleep suffers in a big way. But if we want to be healthy long-term, it's absolutely necessary to improve our sleeping habits. If you're ready to get a little more rest, take a look at these ways to improve your chances of sleeping like a baby every night.

Wake Up Early

If you want to get more sleep, it's necessary to wake up early. This allows you to burn enough energy throughout the day to make you tired at night. It doesn't take much to have this effect. Try getting up a simple 30 minutes earlier, and see if it helps you fall asleep at night. And do your best to make this a regular habit. The more of a routine you have for yourself, the easier it will be to fall asleep and stay asleep through the night.

Exercise

Exercise is another important part of living a healthy life, but it's also important to help you get sleep. Exercise helps you burn energy and fatigue the body and mind. Just make sure that you are exercising early enough in the day. If you exercise late at night, it can actually keep you awake, as the exercise causes adrenaline to rush through your body. Exercise in the morning or early afternoon for the best results and to help you feel sleepy when the evening rolls around.

Skip Afternoon Stimulants

You might feel like you need an afternoon pick-me-up to make it through the day, but consuming stimulants in the afternoon can really mess up your sleep cycle. If you can avoid it, try not to drink caffeine in the afternoon hours. Stick to the morning and early afternoon. This can be a tough transition to make, so go easy on yourself as you give up your normal stimulant and adjust your energy levels accordingly.

Get a Bedtime Routine

If you don't already have a bedtime routine, you really need one. Doing the same thing every night before bed can help your mind unwind and relax, which then allows for better sleep. It doesn't really matter what is included in your routine, as long as it works for you. Experiment a little bit to figure out what works best for your sleeping habits, and then do those things every night to better prepare your body and mind for sleep.

Lower Stress

You really need to lower your stress levels if you intend on getting sleep. Too much stress keeps the mind wound up, which then makes it incredibly difficult for your body to relax and rest. So how can you reduce stress? Get in some exercise, make some time for yourself and your hobbies, and get outside in the great outdoors at least once a day. These things can help lower your stress on a consistent basis, which may then help you get better sleep every night.

Almost everyone needs more sleep. We simply don't get enough in the world that we live in today. But as everyone knows, getting more sleep can be a serious challenge. Use these tips to help you fall asleep and stay asleep for better health overall. Getting enough rest is crucial, so make it a priority and feel like your best self in no time at all.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Miami Gardens, Fla.

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