Sometimes drifting off to sleep isn’t as easy as counting sheep or even relaxing with a good book. But did you know that eating too early can also contribute to a bad sleep cycle?
Whenever you find it difficult to drift peacefully to sleep, tick a few of these options off your list before letting your nerves get the better of you.
1. Keep consistent
One of the best ways to keep your body to a regular sleeping pattern is to schedule out your evening. This includes eating dinner before 7pm, showering just before bed, and avoiding those long, romantic trips to the fridge late at night.
2. Take a bath
A soothing bath before bed can help you ease into sleep, especially if you’ve had a tiring day at work or school. A detox bath uses crystals which resolve a number of problems such as bloating, back pain, allergies, PMS, and can help you relax before hitting the sack.
Who knew that juice could help you to sleep better? Any drink with vanilla as the main ingredient will soothe your entire body, and get you relaxed for the evening ahead. Cherry juice is also another amazing ingredient since they are packed with melatonin, this is the hormone which regulates our sleep cycles. Who knew!
4. Stop drinking caffeine
If you find that you’re wide awake when it’s time for bed, then the caffeine is probably responsible for this. Stop drinking caffeine up to 6 hours before going to bed, since it can keep you up for hours on end! Stick to tea if you want something warm and relaxing late at night, but remember even tea has a touch of caffeine as well.
Why count sheep the next time you’re wide awake at 3am? Below are just a few late-night exercises which are designed to relax your entire body and mind.
Goddess Stretch – Lie down flat on your back with your knees bent at the sides. Extend your arms outwards and push the soles of your feet together. This should relax your entire body, and keep your mind clear.
Child’s Pose – Sit on your knees and push your chest down onto the bed. Extend your arms outwards while you hold the pose and breathe.
6. Change your bedding
Sometimes a change in the atmosphere will help to bring on better sleep. Fluff your pillows, change your sheets, and most importantly – change your pillowcase every week. This will lead to less breakouts on your face, and also help you sleep a lot better.
7. Log off
Avoid television, tablets, and mobile phones late at night, since this could unintentionally be keeping your brain stimulated. Dim the lights, and read a book or magazine if you want to relax.
8. Don’t drink alcohol late at night
Stop drinking alcohol at least 3 hours before going to sleep, since it is both a stimulant and a depressant. If you don’t have a choice in the matter, drink at least one glass of water before going to bed, since it will try and flush the alcohol out of your system.
9. Follow your internal alarm
No one can tell you once it’s time to go to sleep – it’s something you have to find out for yourself. Whilst it’s always better to get ready for better in the early evening, sometimes this ritual doesn’t help for a better sleep. Once you feel sleepy, turn everything off and get into bed.
10. Don’t go to bed on an empty stomach
Whether you had an early dinner or just skipped out on dessert, going to bed on an empty stomach is never a wise idea. Have a glass of water if you’re feeling peckish, and try and avoid eating so early in the future.
What are some of your tips for better sleep?
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