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A decent night’s sleep can be far and few between for a lot of us. If your’e struggling with getting a full night of rest, try these tips!
Our daily lives can be full on. Whether you are working all day, at home with your children or juggling a mixture of the two. Life can be exhausting. There is nothing worse than not getting a decent night’s sleep. Catching those all important hours of sleep is vital for you to function to your full capacity the following day. However, many of us struggle to sleep at night. This can be for many reasons.
What we don’t realise is there could be outside factors causing us to have issues with sleep. Waking with regular headaches could be a sign of sleep apnea. Frequent wake ups at night might mean you are not relaxing your mind before bed. With that in mind, here are some of the ways you can get a better night’s sleep.
Screen-free time before bed
First things first, it’s a great idea to stop using phones, tablets and computers in the evening. It is recommended that you have some screen-free time at least an hour before you are due to go to bed. This allows your mind to wind down from the day and relax. Screen-free time also means the television. I appreciate that perhaps that it might not be possible an hour before bed. But if you can avoid watching television in bed then you are well on your way to improving your sleep. If you can read a book or just relax with some scented candles.
Get some exercise and tire yourself out
Try and be as active as possible throughout the day. This means that when it comes to bedtime, you will physically and mentally be tired. Being tired will help you fall asleep easier and stay asleep for longer. Try and get your exercise done throughout the day rather than none of the last things you do in the day. Exercising does create hormones and adrenaline which can take it’s time to get out of your system.
Get a little extra help if needed
Sleep is so important for you to function as well as you can the next day. However sometimes, through unavoidable factors in life, you can still struggle to switch your mind off and get some sleep. If this is the case, it’s worth considering some help. You can research some of the best over the counter sleep aids and decide what would be best for you.
Cut down on your caffeine intake
Caffeine can play a big part in you not getting the amount of sleep you need. So if you can, try and cut it down in the afternoon. It’s a good idea to have a cut off point. If you get to a certain time in the afternoon where after that point you will no longer drink a caffeinated drink. This will allow what you have drank to be out of your system come bedtime.
Napping may not always be the best remedy
We can all feel that afternoon slump. Where you feel that an afternoon nap, would make you feel better. But this can have an adverse effect on your sleep pattern meaning you won’t fall asleep when you would do naturally. It can mean that you end up staying later, or night getting as much sleep in the evening. If you can avoid napping all together, then that will help you get a better night’s sleep.
Let’s hope this helps you get a better night’s sleep tonight.
Shelly is a wife, mama, and author, living in Lynchburg, Tennessee – home of Jack Daniel Whiskey. Her front porch is perfect for Tennessee AppleTennessee Apple or Tennessee Fire while reading a good mystery novel. She enjoys cooking delicious meals for her family, cleaning and organizing her home, and spending time outdoors in her beautiful hometown!