Sleep is one of the most important (and arguably the easiest) things we can do for our health. Unfortunately, it is also one of the least prioritized. A good night’s rest helps to balance your mood, keeps you mentally sharp, and prepares you to handle stress or challenges that come your way. So, here are 3 useful tips to help improve your sleep.
1. Develop a relaxing bedtime routine.
Wind down early, one or two hours before bedtime, for a great night’s rest. Some ways to start relaxing before bed include:
- meditate or do mindful breathing exercises
- take a warm bath or shower
- dim the lights
- listen to calming music
- read a good book
Try to avoid looking at your devices before bedtime. If that’s not possible, switch them to night shift mode. In general, do a relaxing, calming activity, and give your body and mind permission to unwind.
2. Go to sleep and wake up at the same times each day.
Try sticking to a schedule, even on the weekends. Aim for 7 to 9 hours of good quality sleep. If you fall asleep and wake up at the same times each day, this can lower your risk of hormonal changes, which can lead to diseases such as diabetes. Remember to manage your bedtime – getting to sleep before midnight is best.
3. Be mindful of what you’re eating and drinking later in the day.
What and when you drink and eat can severely impact your sleep. Drinking caffeine within the last 4 or 5 hours of the day can hinder your ability to fall asleep. Same goes with eating too close to bedtime. While drinking alcohol may help you fall asleep quickly, it can lead to a disruptive sleep. In general, stick to water or herbal tea in the last few hours before bed.
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