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Trouble Sleeping? These Easy Steps Can Help!


Sleep is one of the most important activities we do each day. Physically it heals our bodies and it is a reset button to us mentally. For most people that moment when they crawl into bed at night is one of happiness because finally they get to sleep after a long day. For some, that same moment is occupied by the frustration of knowing they will not be sleeping well that night. For some stress, physical fitness, and diet can cause many interruptions in our lives. If that begins to extend to our sleep periods at night, however, the consequences can be more far reaching than merely sleepy eyes at work meetings the next day. Increase in weight, stress, mental slowness, and even a loss of sex drive are only a few of the ways lack of sleep can impact your life. To stop this from occurring or continuing to occur in your life here are a few ways to prevent it.

The first and probably the easiest way to help get some sleep is to cut back on your caffeine intake. Between six and eight hours before going to bed should be your last cup of coffee or soda. Constantly consuming caffeine not only keeps you awake even if you feel you had it awhile ago, it is bad for your diet, and your overall productivity. The ups and downs of caffeine use can lead one coffee into the next. The best way to stay awake during the day is to change your diet to healthy snacks that give you natural energy instead of using artificial drinks. 

Another way to help with insomnia is to keep your electronics out of the bedroom. When you are on Facebook, playing video games, or watching TV your brain stays in its active mode that will not allow you to switch off easier. At least thirty minutes prior to attempting sleep you should stop using electronics and do something relaxing. Reading a book, taking a bath, or preferably meditating can all be super relaxing for your brain. If you sit for ten minutes, and take some deep breaths, think only about telling yourself how relaxed you are. There will be significant improvements in how deep your sleep can get. 

Naps are a great way to bounce back after workouts or even after a big lunch. If you take too many they may restrict you from getting to the deeper levels of sleep so vital to our health. If you do feel the need to take a nap make sure it does not exceed thirty minutes, and make sure that you do not take any after 4:00pm. 

Following these three exercises, there will undoubtedly be a marked improvement in how you sleep. It is not just a matter of doing these steps on the odd day when you are feeling extra tired though. These should be habitual steps that pay off over time.  The amount of stress in every day life can never be completely eliminated. We have to do all we can to make sure it does not run over into our nights. For many, sleep is our favorite thing so we should do all we can to get as much of it as we possibly can.

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