Have you ever woken up in the morning and felt that you just needed an extra few minutes of sleep? Tossing and turning the night before has made for a very sluggish morning where getting and going to work is not something that is coming easily to you. I know that I have, and I also know that some nights I just cannot help the fact that sleep won’t come as easy to me as I would like in order to function efficiently the next morning. If you also find yourself suffering from these problems, then one of these four remedies to a better night’s sleep is sure to help you drift off peacefully as well as wake up feeling refreshed and ready for whatever lies ahead.
Keep Your Bed Sleep Friendly
Throughout the day, our bed can at times become a dumping ground for books, clothes, and other such items that do not belong. With the accumulation of these items, the rituals of filing papers, doing school work, or any other sort of activities that do not involve sleep take place. This creates an atmosphere that is not sleep friendly, and studies have proven that by keeping your bed a place where sleep is the only activity can help your body to relax easier at night as well as sleep better. To assure that your keep your bed a sleep friendly place, try to take any paper work you might have to a desk or table rather than completing work on your bed.
Choose a Healthy Snack before Bed
I am well aware of late night cravings that cannot be ignored. However, there are some foods that are just not good to eat right before bed. Any food that involves grease or is heavy on your stomach is something to avoid. Instead, opt for healthy snacks such as apples, nuts, pears, bananas, figs, wheat crackers, or even light yogurts. The occasional cookie is even alright. One way to always be sure that you will satisfy your late night hunger as well as be able to fall asleep after your snack is to follow the one rule of staying away from foods that are heavy and filled with fats and grease.
At night, after a full dinner, it is not unusual for some people to resort to coffee to relieve that stuffed feeling. And while the caffeine will help to assist with the digestive of your food, it will not help you to get to sleep. Keep your caffeine intake to the mornings and leave more soothing liquids like warm milk or soothing tea’s (with no caffeine) for the evenings and nights when it’s nearing bed time. One way to make sure that you keep your caffeine intake early enough to not affect your sleep at night is to not drink any caffeine after five in the evening and especially not after dinner. Read the labels of tea’s and other such beverages to assure that there is little caffeine.
Give Yourself Relaxation Time before Bed
Work can be stressful, especially when we have to take it home with us and worry about it all night. If you have to take work home with you, make sure that it is put to away at least two hours prior to bed if possible. This will help to give your mind adequate time to release any of that tension that can sometimes come with worrying about work. Instead, read a relaxing book or magazine, or listen to a soothing CD, even journaling sometimes can be relaxing before bed. Just be sure that all work is completed and stored away and you are given time to unwind and relax before turning in for the night.
Don’t let tossing and turning and a mind that won’t shut down keep you from going to sleep and staying asleep. Fight night time alertness and give yourself the goods night sleep that you deserve after a long day. When counting sheep doesn’t seem to be doing you any good, try one or all of these remedies and be well on your way to sleeping peacefully.