How To Get A Good Night’s SleepBy Ruby M
We’ve all been there – we’re exhausted but our eyes just won’t stay closed. You finally drift off, but then there’s a sound that jerks you awake. You toss and turn, but can’t seem to get comfortable. You wake up feeling tired and grumpy, and spend the rest of the day wanting to just get back into bed. If you want to have a good night’s sleep and wake up ready to tackle the world, here are some tips and tricks to do just that.
There are many ways that exercise can benefit your sleep, even indirectly. Moderate to even vigorous exercise assists to prevent weight gain, which makes a one less likely to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. Regular exercise also calms the mind, making it easier to drift off to sleep.
Avoid caffeine (especially in the afternoon)
Chemicals found in caffeine, which is an ingredient in most coffees, teas, sodas, and chocolate can are directly related to insomnia, anxiety, and heart palpitations. If you’re a coffee addict like most of us are, make sure to have your last caffeinated cup before 12 PM. There are also many decaf substitutes that taste great and won’t give you those awful side effects!
No screen time before bed
Most screens emit a blue light that contributes heavily to poor sleep without us realizing. We know sending that one last text or checking your Instagram feed in bed is probably a well-developed habit – but it is best to avoid using your smart devices or computers at least one hour before going to sleep. You can use this time following your sleeping ritual instead!
Create a sleep ritual
Studies have shown that people who follow a sleep ritual tend to have a better night’s sleep than those who don’t. Most sleep rituals follow a routine designed to relax both the body and mind before bed. Recommended sleep rituals usually include yoga or meditation, reading, listening to music ,and having a nice hot bath.