Getting a good night sleep can be the most important aspect of your day; being tired after a bad night’s sleep can seriously affect your concentration, making you less productive at work and leaving you struggling to make it through the day.
The problem with a bad night sleep is that it leads to another and another and before you know it, you’re wonderful nights of sleep have disappeared and you’re left feeling exhausted, emotionally drained and unable to function effectively. Sleeping has a dramatic impact on your overall well-being, so starting a good sleep pattern now will help you in the future.
Take Control of Your Sleep
You can control your sleep by setting a regular sleep schedule. Go to sleep at the same time each night and wake the same time each day, now while this may be difficult to manage at weekends, if you are already struggling with insomnia or waking throughout the night, a regular sleep schedule can help you to get back on track.
Get into the Habit of a Relaxing Bedtime Routine
There are so many people who have a television in their bedrooms and this is one of the many things that can stop you from falling asleep. An important tip to help you to sleep is to have a good hot bath about ninety minutes before bed, turn off any noise such as a television and make sure that your bed is comfortable and that your room is a good temperature. Then concentrate on relaxing and let your body and mind drift into a wonderful sleep.
You may not realise this now but keeping your body in good shape and doing regular exercise can really help you when it comes time to getting a good night sleep. Take care of yourself, your body and mind to enjoy a relaxing night sleep and reduce the amount of time you spend with the doctor trying to find out why you can’t sleep.
Eat a Healthy Well Balanced Diet
Diet has an enormous impact on your overall health. Stay away from alcohol and caffeine just before bed. If you feel you really need a coffee fix try decaffeinated coffee; caffeinated drinks such as cola and coffee can really hamper your sleep pattern.
Breathe in the Fresh Air
So many people struggle with sleep only to find that it is due to their working conditions. If you sit in front of a computer all day and your body never sees the sunlight, you’re probably struggling to fall asleep. You finish your work in front of the computer and move over to the television at night.
Take some time to get out in the sunshine during the day; taking a short walk around the block or simply eating your lunch in the nearby park can make a huge difference to your sleep pattern.
Do Something Boring
When all else fails and you really can’t sleep find something so mundane and boring to do. Maybe you’ve had that boring book on your night stand for months; pick it up and start reading it. Before you know it you will be drifting off to sleep. Whatever you do, do not turn on the television or make a snack; instead find the most boring thing to do and stick with that.
Beat the Hunger
If you are one of the thousands that wake up hungry during the night, have a snack about an hour before bed time. When I say a snack I do not mean a high energy meal. Instead enjoy some fruit or nuts; something small that will keep your hunger at bay during the night.
Keep a glass of water next to the bed if you get thirsty, do not go for the cold cola in the fridge as this is filled with caffeine and will mean that you will be wide-eyed again.
Always follow the same routine; try it for a few weeks, you may be surprised how your body gets into a rhythm meaning that soon you will find sleep problems a thing of the past.