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3 Things You Can Learn From Master Sleepers

Sometimes I get jealous of my dog. Seriously. It usually happens at about 2 pm or so, when my energy levels start to drop dramatically, and she's sprawled out on her bed, snoring. And I wonder why I can't sleep like that. Even when I go to bed after an exhausting day, it's pretty certain that a) it will take me at least half an hour to fall asleep and b) I will most likely wake up a handful of times throughout the night. Sometimes, I just want to sleep like my dog- in a total state of relaxation. Luckily, there are some ways to help yourself do just that. Here are a few of them: 

They exercise early in the morning 

Recent research suggests that people who choose to workout in the early part of the day tend to sleep better at night than those who workout in the afternoon or evening. Experts believe that it may have something to do with the hormones that your body secretes in the morning which helps to regulate your blood pressure, thus helping you sleep better at night. Consider setting your alarm a few minutes earlier than you normally would in order to give yourself some time to fit in a yoga session or a short jog.

They don't drink an exorbitant amount of coffee

While one or two cups of coffee in the coffee will not affect your sleep, most likely, drinking it within six hours of when you plan to go to bed can actually cut your sleep time by about an hour or more. Also, it's important that you are aware of the other things that contain caffeine. Avoid things like energy drinks, dark chocolate, black or green tea, sodas, and certain over the counter pain relievers all contain caffeine and can potentially contribute to a loss of sleep. 

They keep a nighttime routine

One of the best ways to help your body fall into a healthy sleep routine is to maintain a nightly routine that will promote a restful night. Shut off your devices (cell phones, televisions, laptops, etc.) a couple of hours before you get into bed, and help yourself wind down by reading a book, taking a bath, or having a cup of tea. Aim to be in bed at least half an hour before you need be asleep. 


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