5 Keys to Better Sleep
by Patricia Wagner
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Do you have trouble getting a good night's sleep?
What you are about to read may make a huge difference to
your future health! Being well rested is essential to our
wellbeing and is a major key in living an energetic lifestyle.
Here are some of the benefits of a good night's sleep:
- You will look and feel your best.
- Relating to others will come easier with enough rest.
- You'll be a safer driver and be less likely to fall
asleep at the wheel.
- More alertness and creativity on the job will be a
- You'll feel less stressed.
- There'll be an increased ability to fight off illness.
- You'll enjoy life more.
Here are some keys to getting a better night's sleep:
1. Set your body clock.
Choose a bedtime schedule by deciding how many hours of
shut-eye you need and try to stick with it. That's because
we are all creatures of habit.
Try not to oversleep too often because this tends to throw
your body clock off. If you are tired, try taking a short
nap. However, it should not be longer than about one half an
hour because more time than that and you will wind up not
being able to fall asleep that night.
2. Be wise about eating and drinking.
Drinking too much fluid in the late afternoon and evening
can cause you to wake up in the middle of the night to trot
off to the bathroom. Also consuming food and beverages that
contain caffeine before bedtime can cause you to toss and
turn for hours. So it would be wise to avoid coffee, tea,
soft drinks and chocolate before going to bed. However, a
hot non-caffeinated drink can relax you.
3. Prepare your sleeping environment.
You have control over a number of factors in your sleeping
environment that will make or break a good night's sleep.
One of them is the temperature of your bedroom. Adjust the
temperature of your bedroom so it's conducive to sleeping.
It's usually best to have your room a little on the cool side,
but be sure you have enough blankets on your bed.
Another environmental issue is the darkness of our bedrooms.
Many people prefer sleeping when it's totally dark, so turn
off the lights except for night lights.
A key bedroom environment factor is your bed. Purchase the
best mattress you can afford since you'll spend a large
proportion of your life on it.
Quietness is very important to our rest. Try to keep the
noise down. If that's impossible, consider using ear plugs.
Play calming music and avoid watching television just before
bedtime. Violent scenes can lead to sleeplessness and
Design your bedroom to be a peaceful sanctuary in your home.
Separate your work from the bedroom area so your body knows
the bedroom is a place to rest - not work.
4. Prepare yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually
There are a number of steps you can take before going to bed
to prepare yourself physically. Slowly stretching before
hitting the sack can help you relax. Regular exercise during
the day will enhance your ability to fall asleep. Taking a
warm bath - not a shower - can be helpful too. If you are
still tense, a back massage can help you relax. Wear
comfortable nonbinding clothing.
Here's the most important thing you can do once you've hit
the sack - let go of the day's worries. Bedtime is a bad
time to dwell on problems since worry can keep you tossing
and turning for hours! I've found that reading the Bible and
praying before going to bed is a wonderful way to end the
day. Then I can truly relax and lay down my problems. My
sleep is much sweeter and so are my dreams!
5. Seek specialized help if needed.
A medical condition could be preventing you from getting
your full rest at night. See your doctor if you have
continuing difficulty with falling asleep. Usually it's not
wise to take sleeping pills since they can become addictive.
They also interfere with the body's own inner sleeping
The suggestions in this article have been listed to help you
get a better night's sleep. Now try putting them into
practice and enjoy a more rested and energetic lifestyle.
Patricia Wagner offers informative tips and a f^ree newsletter to help you live a more energetic lifestyle. Check out A to Z Wellness. She is also an artist and you can view her original paintings at Landscape Art by Patricia Wagner.
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