5 Tips for a Better Nights Sleep

A good nights sleep is key to having a good day during your waking hours. Feeling groggy and run down during the day can be a direct reflection on how you are sleeping. The quality of sleep, not the quantity, is what is important when it comes to sleeping habits. Here are 5 tips on getting a better nights sleep so you can feel rested and ready for the day ahead.

  1. Stay on the same bedtime schedule 7 days a week. Go to bed and get up every day around the same time, even on the weekends. This will help regulate your internal clock and lead to a better nights rest.
  2. Get plenty of exercise. Exercising, even just walking a couple miles a day, improves mood, blood flow, and quality of rest.
  3. Plan naps. Never nap in the evening and never nap for more than an hour. Napping can cause restless nights and trouble falling asleep. If you need to nap make sure it is in the early afternoon hours. Although naps can be helpful, eliminating them all together can be a good idea if you are not sleeping well at night.
  4. Turn off those screens. Bright lights, such as those on a computer, TV, or cell phone make our brains release less melatonin- the chemical that helps us sleep. The bright light plays a trick on our brains and can lead to a restless night or trouble falling asleep. Consider eliminating activities that involve bright screens an hour before bedtime.
  5. Hide the clock. Do you glance at the clock during the night? This can be a bad habit if you are trying to get a better nights sleep. Seeing the time can cause worry and send your mind racing about the day to come.

Getting a good nights sleep can improve your quality of life. Consider these tips and use common sense when trying to eliminate tossing and turning during the night. Feeling well rested can increase work productivity and mood, so why not give it a try.

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