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Tips for a Peaceful Night's Rest

Are you getting enough rest? Most likely, the answer is a big fat NO! Most people don’t get enough sleep. The worries and stresses of the day all compound at night, which makes falling and staying asleep difficult. If this is you, check out these simple tips for getting the sleep you need and improving your overall health and quality of life.

Say No To Your Phone

If you are anything like me, your phone is almost an extension of your hand at this point. At night, it sits on my nightstand, and when I can’t fall asleep, I reach for it almost instantly. This usually leads to hours of endless internet searching, game playing, and wasting time. To improve your sleep, leave your phone on the nightstand and don’t reach for it. If you can’t resist the urge, leave it across the room. That way you’ll have to physically get up and out of the bed in order to play with it. This will take some discipline and practice, but master this little tip and you may master your sleep.

Set an Alarm

I know this one is not fun, but keeping a regular routine is key to getting proper sleep. If you can, go to bed and wake up everyday at roughly the same time. It’s your day off? Still try to stick to your routine. Keeping your routine can mean that your body learns the appropriate cues for falling and staying asleep.

Kick the Caffeine

Caffeine is a great stimulant to keep you up and moving when you are otherwise exhausted. While a little bit of caffeine at the beginning of the day or before noon probably won’t hurt, drinking caffeine in the afternoon or evening can keep you up at night. Do your best to kick the habit or at least keep it to the morning hours.

Avoid the Nightcap

Sometimes this becomes a vicious cycle. Caffeine in the morning and all day long to stay up, and then when you can’t fall asleep at night, a quick nightcap to help you fall asleep. Will it work? Yes. You will fall asleep more quickly, but the problem is that you won’t reach the levels of sleep that you need. Alcohol can keep you from reaching the deep sleep cycle. So, while you may get the right number of hours, it won’t be the quality that you need.

Getting enough sleep is crucial for your health. It can certainly be a tough feat, but with some patience, determination, and research, it can certainly be done. Use these tips to fall asleep, stay asleep, and live your life well rested and happy.

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