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Thanks to today’s busy lifestyles, many of us can find it difficult to switch off at night and get a good night’s rest. If you’re not getting a full eight hours of sleep, you’ll be lacking in energy, be more easily stressed, and generally be less able to deal with whatever the day throws at you. If you’ve had enough of counting sheep, read on for our simple sleep tips.
Keep in Sync
The body’s internal clock is a sensitive thing, and it can easily be thrown out of sync. That’s why irregular sleeping and waking times are one of the most common triggers that lead to difficulty sleeping. Why not pick a standard waking and sleeping time and try to stick to it every day? There will be an adjustment period, and you may initially miss your weekend lie-in, but the overall positive impact on your ability to sleep will be huge.
You don’t have to hit the gym every day, but a consistent exercise routine is vital for proper sleep. If you work at a desk where you’re generally physically inactive during the day, your body won’t have received the physical exertion it needs to properly tire it out. Try to work more activity into your regular day. Even walking or cycling to work will provide enough activity to help you with sleep.
Avoid Eating and Drinking Before Bed
Cheese may give you nightmares, but eating any kind of food before bed will stimulate your digestive system, which may lead to sleep disruption. Drinking alcohol right before you turn in is also a bad idea. A glass of wine in the evening may help you drop off initially, but it can prevent you from achieving true deep sleep and cause you to wake up during the night. Stimulants such as caffeine or nicotine should also of course be avoided.
Make Your Bedroom a Sanctuary
The modern world is full of distractions, but your bedroom should be a haven from the attention-sapping clutter of contemporary life. Many people like to watch TV or use laptops or tablets in bed, but removing any screens and other electronic devices from your sleeping space will make for a more relaxing and tranquil environment.
Don’t overthink it
If you find yourself struggling to drift off, overthinking and worrying about it will usually make it even more difficult to sleep. Get up for fifteen minutes or so and do a soothing activity which you enjoy. Reading or light stretching is ideal. You should return to bed in a more relaxed frame of mind and have less trouble going to sleep.
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