How many times have you gotten up in the morning, only to feel like you haven’t slept for more than an hour or two? All of us have trouble sleeping at times, and it’s not an enjoyable experience. But, it doesn’t have to become a regular occurrence. You can get the sleep you need, without having to resort to sleeping pills or other extremes. Today we are going to offer up a few tips that are going to help you to sleep better at night.
Know When to Sleep
A lot of us tend to keep pretty irregular hours, and that means that we sleep at different times each day. Unfortunately, this can wreak havoc with our internal body clocks. It is important to try to go to sleep at the same time every night, at least as often as possible, and to try and sleep for the same amount of time each night. Try to avoid sleeping in on the weekends, and don’t take extra-long naps. Yes, naps are good for you, but they should be limited to about 20 minutes in the afternoon. Avoid napping in the evening, because it will make it more difficult to go to sleep later.
Watch What You Eat
Your diet can play a big role in how well you sleep. If you are ingesting a lot of caffeine, especially in the evenings, you could end up with sleep issues. Limit your caffeine intake to earlier in the day, and avoid coffee and tea in the evenings. Do not eat big meals, which can cause stomach issues that will keep you awake. Also, avoid drinking alcoholic beverages before going to bed, as it can mess with your sleep cycle. In fact, don’t drink too many of any liquids, so you don’t wake up in the middle of the night needing to use the washroom.
Get Plenty of Exercise
Did you know that regular exercise can help you sleep better at night, and help you feel less tired throughout the day? Exercising regularly can help those who suffer from insomnia, sleep apnea, and other sleep disorders, and the more you exercise, the better the benefits. Even just taking a 10 minute walk each day can help you to sleep better at night. Yoga is very relaxing, and it can help to improve the quality of your sleep. You may not start sleeping better right away, but after a few months of regular exercise, you will likely find that you have a better quality of sleep.
Create Your Own Relaxation Routine
Finally, it is a good idea to create your own special nighttime, relaxation routine. We recommend a nice, warm bath (not too hot). Light a few candles and put on some relaxing music. Slip into the tub and relax for at least 20 minutes, uninterrupted. While you are bathing, use some of the sweet-smelling Australian-made body scrubs, followed by your favorite moisturizer when you are toweling off. Make sure you take your bath just before you are ready to go to bed. It will help to quiet your mind, and the aromatherapy from the products you use will help your mind and body to relax, you’re going to feel like you’re having a vacation in your private downtown hotel.