4 Tips for Improving Sleep Now
By Genevieve Cunningham
Sleep is like a lost art. Somewhere during adulthood, many of us seem to lose the ability to sleep … and then we never seem to find it again. While this might seem normal, or at the very least incredibly common, a lack of sleep can cause problems for your health and wellness. If you're tired of being tired and want to get more sleep for better health, take a look at these tips to try now.
Start Your Routine Earlier
If you're trying to wind down and fall asleep in 10 minutes, you're not giving yourself enough time. Start your wind down routine earlier, and you'll give your body and mind more time to get ready for sleep. Since this can be a habit that takes time to develop, start just 10 minutes earlier. As you get used to this new timing, back it up another 10 minutes. In the long run, allow yourself a good hour or so to wind all the way down, and then get in the bed ready to fall asleep.
Cut Back on Caffeine
We’re all addicted to caffeine. Even if you’re not drinking coffee all day, you’re probably consuming caffeine through sodas, chocolate, or various other foods and drinks. If you want better sleep, try to avoid caffeine in the afternoons. Stick to your morning cup of joe and even your lunchtime Diet Coke, but then cease your consumption to improve your sleep.
Limit Technology Use
Technology is great. But when it’s used late at night, it can keep you awake. If you want to improve your sleep, cut back on your late night technology use. Turn off your TV and put your phone on the nightstand at least 30 minutes before you’re ready to fall asleep. At first, this will be hard because we’re addicted to the constant stimulation. But over time, you’ll get used to and likely even enjoy your technology-free time.
It’s hard to sleep with noise. If you’re used to it, it will be hard to make the switch to sleeping in the quiet. But in the long run, sleeping in a quiet environment makes for much higher quality sleep. Do your best to get some quiet time before bed, and then keep your bedroom as quiet as possible. Though it will take some practice, it will likely make a big impact in your sleeping habits long-term.
If you’re sick and tired of being tired, these tips can help you get moving in the right direction. With better sleep comes better health and a happier life. Work on your sleeping habits, and enjoy a healthier and more productive life from here on out.
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