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3 Tips to Improving Your Sleep

By Virginia Laird

Have you ever struggled with getting a good night of sleep? Millions struggle with the same issue. There is no need to run out and spend a great deal of money on an expensive new mattress just yet. While finding an answer to the problem may not be simple, there are a few things that people can change to encourage a more restful sleep.  

When You Get Tired, Go to Bed

If you are like me, you may tend to get tired but still try to squeeze one last chore in before heading to bed. Many times this causes me to catch a second wind, which typically leads to a few more hours of chores, work, or television. I then head to bed in the early morning only to be back up in a few short hours. As I struggle to make it through the day, my thought becomes: Why didn't I just go to bed a few hours before midnight when I was exhausted? I would have been able to get a full night of sleep. This is the case for so many. Well: Stop it! Go to bed when you get tired. The chores, work, and whatever else will be there tomorrow. You may also find it easier to get up early to get a start on these things of you simply go to bed.

Rely on Natural Light

Natural light is a wonderful thing. The body uses natural light to help with various functions of the body. Research suggests that the hormone melatonin (the one that helps the body sleep) can only be produced in the dark. This may sound crazy, but it is true. Using natural light can help the body know when it is time to be tired as well as when it is time to produce this hormone. Although melatonin can be taken as a supplement, it is best when produced naturally by the body.

Keep a Routine

As a mom, I generally want my kids to bed at the same time each night. This helps them rest better. Here’s the secret: Routine works for adults, too. Although it can be difficult to get to bed at the exact same time each night, try to have a bedtime routine. It is recommended that a short, 20-minute routine each night can help the body relax and prepare to sleep.

Here's to hoping your next snooze is a great one!

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