A good night’s sleep provides an abundance of positive energy, allowing you to focus and be more resilient against everyday stress. Lack of sleep, on the other hand, can make you irritable, easily distracted, and even affect your appetite. Unfortunately, one third of adults suffer from chronic sleep challenges. Are you tired of whiling away the hours in restlessness, tossing and turning on your mattress at night when everyone else is sleeping? If you struggle with an inability to sleep regularly, it might be time to seek professional help. If sleeplessness is an occasional problem try these game changing tips for a healthier, more rested you.

 

 

  • Set and observe rules of engagement – Observe a regular bedtime and make your bedroom a place for non-electronic activities only. In other words, no TV, phones, or laptops allowed. The bright lights of electronic devices act like a rooster to your brain, keeping it stimuated when you should be getting sleepy. “The small amounts of light from these devices pass through the retina into a part of the hypothalamus (the area of the brain that controls several sleep activities) and delay the release of the sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin,” reports Heather Hatfield on WebMD.
  • Get ready for sleep – Make a glass of warm milk or a cup of hot decaffeinated tea, take a bath or cuddle with your kids or partner and talk about the day. Sleep, and then repeat tomorrow. Your brain will learn and respond your time-to-sleep cues quickly.
  • Avoid nightcaps – A drink with dinner might help you unwind from the day’s stress but according to research, it actually won’t help you sleep better. According to Maia Szalavitz on TimeHealth.com, “Drinking [alcohol] has long been known to reduce REM sleep, the deepest sleep stage in which most dreams occur and during which memories are likely stored and learning occurs,”
  • Sleep naturally – Medication might help you fall asleep, but the sleep med hangover in the morning just isn't worth it. "People who take certain prescription sleeping pills even once in a while may be up to five times more susceptible to early death, a U.S. study suggests", according to CBC News.
  • Exercise earlier – Exercising three hours before bed may make it hard for you to relax into sleep. Remember, falling asleep is a process. Working out is important, but do it earlier in the day. 
  • Sometimes it's OK to break the rules– Watching a TV show before bed night not be a good idea for some people, but it could be that watching TV helps you cam your mind down and tune out your worries. Observe the rules, but also bend them so they work for you.
  • Look at your bed – Connect the dots between your mattress to your health. According to the Better Sleep Council “Similar to your favorite old chair or worn pair of shoes, your mattress can still feel somewhat comfortable long after it has lost its ability to provide your body with the proper support and comfort it needs. In general, a mattress set that has been in use for seven years is no longer providing you with the best comfort and support and should be replaced.” 

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