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9 Things to Help You Sleep Better Tonight

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Lifestyle Improvement

Posted On: Sep 06, 2016

9 Things to Help You Sleep Better Tonight

Sleep is important for your physical and mental health. Studies show that more than a third of Americans don’t get enough sleep. Difficult life experiences, like losing a loved one, can make sleeping even harder. Here are 9 things you can start doing tonight to help you sleep better.

No Caffeine in the Evening

Avoid caffeinated drinks, including sodas, in the evening. Caffeine is used to increase your energy. When you’re winding down for the day the last thing you need is to give yourself an energy boost.

No Work in Bed

Make your bedroom a relaxing place. By bringing your work to bed, you are associating the stress of your job with the most sacred place in your house, your bedroom.

Exercise

Even if you only have 20 minutes to exercise, it can help you sleep better at night. We recommend exercising earlier in the day. Exercising at night may make some people even more restless.

Sleep Schedule

Go to bed and wake up at the same times every day, even if it’s the weekend. Your body will eventually expect to sleep and wake up at these times.

Improve Comfort

Is there a problem with the heating or air in your room? Can you be easily woken up from outside noises? Your sleep is important and it may be worth it to make upgrades to your home to improve your sleeping situation.

Wear Socks

If you find that you’re often cold in bed, something as simple as wearing socks may do the trick. There’s a study that shows that warm hands and feet may help some people go to sleep faster.

Lighter Dinners

Eating heavy dinners late at night then laying down is known to cause lots of discomforts. Eat earlier or lighter meals to calm your digestive system and avoid unpleasant side effects like heartburn.

Hot Bath

Take a hot bath before bed. A hot bath will get you comfortable and relaxed for sleeping. Improve your chances of a good night’s sleep with aromatherapy bath products or essential oils.

Storytime

Remember those bedtime stories your parents told you to help you sleep at night as a child? Create a story, replay a favorite TV show episode, or imagine yourself somewhere calm in your head. You may feel silly at first, but it’s an effective way to avoid thinking about stressful life situations at night.