In today’s hectic, modern world, getting the right amount of good quality sleep every night is something that is all too often overlooked, despite the fact that sleep is one of the most important factors for living a healthy life. It’s true, it has been proven that sleep can help with maintaining a healthy weight, help with heart health, improve your memory and can even sharpen your mind – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
Are you someone who simply can’t find the time to get the right amount of sleep you need every night? Or is it that you find yourself lying in your bed, staring at the ceiling, night after night, just willing the sandman to come pay you a visit? If this sounds like you, read on for some great, easy tips for sleeping better naturally – no medication required!
1. Ditch Technology
Say goodbye to watching TV, using your phone, or reading from an e-reader before bed – it has been proven to adversely impact not only your sleep pattern, but also your overall health. Read a good old fashioned paperback novel (a wild
suggestion, I know) instead, it’ll make a world of difference.
2. Exercise More
I know, I know. Absolutely nobody wants to hear that they should exercise more, but it’s actually so beneficial if you want to get some good quality shut eye. A Northwestern University study found that sedentary people that started exercising actually improved their quality of sleep.
3. Establish A Sleep Routine And Stick To it
It may seem a little obvious, but sometimes the most obvious things are what we tend to overlook. By going to bed at the same time every night and getting up at the same time every morning, you will decrease your likelihood of finding sleep difficult.
4. Cut Out Caffeine
This is probably a no-brainer but just in case, here’s a tip: time to kick coffee and energy drinks to the curb. Studies suggest that caffeine consumption as long as even six hours before bed can cause sleep disruption.
5. Darkness is Key
Make sure all the lights in your bedroom are off, even the screen of your phone. Light serves as signal for your body to wake up and darkness means sleepy time, so make sure you dim the lights before bed so as not to suppress the production of that much needed melatonin which is necessary for sleep!