Baby Steps To Better Sleep

Millions of people around the world struggle every night to fall asleep and stay asleep.  The thing that people may not understand is that some choices throughout the day can actually have an effect on how your body physically and mentally goes to sleep.

One of the best ways to boost the quality of sleep is by eliminating stress before shutting your eyes.  Stress can come from anything, finances, work, and health, anything that makes your blood boil really.  One easy example to reduce work related stress is to leave it out the bedroom.  Don’t bring reading material from work into bed before falling asleep because that will be the last thing your brain sees and relates too before going to sleep.  In order to achieve better sleeping the best thing to do is just tune out all of the diversions.  Sounds easy, but it takes time.

Another simple step towards accomplishing better sleeping methods is completely getting rid of nighttime caffeine consumption.  Caffeine, in some cases, can stay in the blood stream for up to 12 hours making falling asleep a much harder task to accomplish.  To put this problem to the side, try not to consume caffeine rich beverages such as coffee, tea or soda after lunchtime.  Doing so will reduce the chances of caffeine playing a defensive role in going to sleep.  If anything, leave the caffeine for the morning hours because it acts as a stimulant to body.

Almost everyone has had the urge for the late night munchies.  Your stomach may hint to you that maybe some cookies and milk, or the rest of spaghetti in the fridge will help make you sleep better.  Don’t listen to it.  Eating foods before bed, especially fatty foods, keeps your body working overtime to break them down.  Eating before bed is never a good idea.  The best solution for this is to have dinner ready and eaten at least three hours before you pull the covers over yourself.  This way your stomach will be at the tail end of the breaking down process and will have an easier time shutting down before sleep.

These are just small suggestions that will help your body have an uninterrupted bedtime experience.  Of course, these are not 100% effective for everybody because every person reacts differently than one another.  It is important, however, to make sleeping play a larger role in the day.  The better quality of sleep that someone gets the night before will result in a better morning for the next day.

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