4 Tips for Better Sleep

March 1, 2014

Having a hard time falling asleep when your head hits the pillow? Try these 4 tips for a better night’s sleep.

  1. Get on a regular sleep schedule. Your sleep is important not only for your physical health, but your mental health as well! So try going to bed and waking up at the same time each day, including weekends. It’s important to continue your sleep schedule through the weekend because not doing so could throw your whole schedule off.

  2. Cut out caffeine late in the day — consider stopping by 2 PM. Caffeine stimulates brain activity which keeps you tossing and turning when you should be sleeping. By cutting out caffeine you may be rewarded with the sleep you’ve been craving!

  3. Use your bed only for sleeping (okay, and sex). Using your bed for leisure activities such as reading or watching television makes the space around your sleeping area more alive, when it should be reserved for sleeping.

  4. Avoid eating heavy foods in the evenings. Eating close to bed time is a classic mistake which often results in problems sleeping. Instead, try to eat an early dinner with at most, just a later light snack. Some cultures make lunch the biggest meal of the day and have light fare for dinner. Not a bad idea!

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