Tips for the Greatest Sleep Ever
By Sara Butler
Sleep is one of the most important things you do in a day. It helps your body to relax and restore, so if you’re not getting enough of it or a high enough quality of it, then nearly every aspect of your health can suffer. Here are a few ways you can make your sleep top-notch.
You’ve probably tried all the obvious stuff – a cool, dark bedroom, cutting out caffeine, and turning off your electronics the hour before bed. If you’re still struggling with sleep even after trying all of this, then you need to look a little deeper. There are small habits you may be doing that sabotage your sleep.
When to Cut Caffeine
So you’ve stopped drinking caffeine after 4 in the afternoon but still have trouble getting to sleep. Well, you may be drinking caffeine you’re unaware of. Tea, some orange sodas, and even flavored waters can have caffeine in them. So, check all the labels on your favorite drinks to make sure you’re really cutting the caffeine out when you think you are.
What Are You Eating
Some foods may actually help you to sleep. You should avoid a big meal right before bed, but foods such as pasta with vegetables have the right combination of tryptophan and protein to set you up for some successful snoozing. You can also try combinations such as a banana and cottage cheese, yogurt with a little cereal, or graham crackers and milk to help you feel tired.
When Are You Having Wine
A glass a wine when you get home from the office may help you to relax and even get to sleep faster, but your sleep cycle will suffer. You won’t get the rest your body really needs to rejuvenate. Don’t have wine later than 6 p.m., if you want to get a good night’s rest.
A bit of gentle yoga right before bed may just be what you need. It can help to relax your body and your mind, helping to relieve stress and tension so you can get to sleep easier. Plus, it won’t rev up your heart, which is essential if you want to nod off.
These tips can help you to fall asleep faster and get better sleep once you are out. Try them tonight and see what a difference it can make in your sleep!
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