Do You Need Better Sleep?
By Virginia Laird
Are you one of the millions looking for a way to improve your sleep? If so, sleep experts want you to know it can be done. While there are many things you can do to get a better night of sleep, each of these can require a great deal of determination and work on your part. Instead of tossing and turning until you fall asleep tonight, take the advice of the experts. If you are serious about improving your sleep, consider adding these tips to your life right away.
- Avoid eating too close to bedtime
- Go for an evening walk
- Skip the caffeine
Avoid Eating Too Close to Bedtime
There is truth to the theory that eating too close to bedtime can wreak havoc on your ability to rest. A full stomach can lead to heartburn, bloating, and discomfort as you go to bed. Health and wellness experts say that eating too close to bedtime can prohibit you from being able to fall asleep. Instead, these experts encourage you to eat no closer to bedtime than three hours beforehand. Before you reach for a late night snack tonight, think twice about the sleep you desire and how eating too late can affect it.
Go for an Evening Walk
As you go throughout your day the body can build energy which can inhibit your ability to sleep. Sleep experts say it is best to get some exercise to help release this energy. It is best to get a light exercise in the evening to help the body relax. This can be a nice leisurely walk though your neighborhood. The experts say there is no need to participate in a high-intensity workout this late in the day. Grab a buddy and go for a walk tonight to help you achieve the sleep you want.
Skip the Caffeine
Because caffeine is a stimulant, it keeps the body awake and full of energy. Many rely on caffeinated beverages to help get them moving in the morning. While it can be helpful for this, it can be detrimental to your sleep. Sleep experts admit that one of the most common mistakes made is drinking caffeine too close to bedtime. Rather than downing a coke prior to bedtime, consider forgoing caffeine at least four hours prior to going to sleep. Start today skipping the caffeine closer to bedtime.
Stop struggling with sleep today and start doing what it takes to get the snooze you long for.
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