Can you even remember the last time you got a good night’s sleep? If you’re like the majority of American adults, the answer is probably a resounding no. Sleep is one of the most critical parts of good health, but it’s also one of the hardest things to attain as life and age take over. The worst part about lack of sleep is that it compounds upon itself. One night of sleeplessness turns into night after night of counting sheep. If you’re looking to improve your health, one of the best things you can do is to improve both the quality and quantity of sleep you’re getting. Here are a few tips to improve your shut eye and consequently your overall health.
Stop with the caffeine. Caffeine is a staple for most people in order to tackle the numerous tasks of the day. If you’re looking to get better sleep, however, say bye bye to afternoon caffeine. It’s fine to have a little pick-me-up in the morning, but as the day progresses, your caffeine intake should diminish significantly. Throw away the coffee, cokes, and even tea. Try instead to replace those with sleep-inducing foods and drinks like warm milk, sleepy time tea, or caffeine-free varieties of your favorites.
Be careful about your alcohol intake. Many believe that an alcoholic drink at the end of the day will bring on sleep. In fact, it does! Alcohol will help you fall asleep quickly, but the problem with alcohol is that it keeps the body from relaxing into the deep sleep stage. So, while you’ll fall asleep quickly, it’s unlikely that you’ll stay in a quality state of sleep for very long. For better sleep, ditch the alcohol or drink it hours before bedtime.
Wind down. A lot of sleep problems come, not from the body, but from a mind that is too wound up. Take steps to unwind both the body and mind to get better quality sleep. Try a warm bath or shower, stretching, a hobby, or anything that takes your mind off of the contents of your day. Finding a wind down routine will also signal the body to relax, so the more you do it, the more ready your body will be for bed.
Set the mood. Turning off the body and mind is important, but so is turning off the environment. The television and computer are distractions that keep you from getting the right amount of sleep. Try switching these and any other electronics off before climbing into bed. It also helps to turn off the lights so your brain gets the biological signal it needs to shut down.
Getting adequate sleep will improve so many aspects of your health. Your mood, energy level, and immune system are just a few areas that will see a boost when you’re getting the sleep you need. Try these tips for a fresh outlook on your health and your life.
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