Sleep; we often don't get enough of it. Many times, we deprive ourselves of it, sometimes we find it difficult to fall asleep and more often than not, we feel like we need it at the most inopportune times. While it's common knowledge that sleep is good for health, happiness and energy, a huge majority of the general public neglect it. If you want to start improving your health and your life, here are just a few ways to get better sleep every single night.
If you love your coffee throughout the day, you aren't alone. Espresso, cappuccino and lattes often make the day better and work more bearable. However, while the caffeine can help you throughout the day, it can really put a damper on your sleep cycle. Try limiting your caffeine intake or banning yourself from it after a certain time ( 12-3pm is usually a good time to stop.)
Don't Let Yourself Get Hungry
While going to bed on a full stomach isn't recommended, trying to fall asleep while hungry can be even worse. Make sure you eat about 1 to 2 hours before bed so that a growling stomach doesn't keep you awake. If your body is in hunger mode, it probably won't let you fall asleep in hopes that you will go to the kitchen and give it what it needs.
Meditation helps the body relax and also helps to still the mind. Many people have problems falling asleep because they can't turn off their brain. Practice meditation throughout the day to improve the control you have over your thoughts. And, if you can meditate while laying in bed, right before trying to fall asleep, it might happen a little easier.
Invest in a Comfy Bed
You won't be able to sleep well if you have a mattress or blankets that are uncomfortable. Investing a bit of money in a quality bed is completely worth it and you should think about everything from the pillows and memory foam to the comforter, sheets and bed frame. Love your bed so that you can love your sleep.
Studies show that daily exercise helps people get better sleep. If you schedule some medium to high intensity exercise into each and every day, your body will crave sleep in order for it to recover. Just 30 minutes a day should help you snooze a little bit sounder.
Put Away The Screens
Staring at a computer or cell phone right before bed can keep you awake longer than you want to be. The strain on the eyes and the confusion of the brain due to the lights can make sleeping much harder than it should be.