Posted by: godswaytohealth | May 27, 2012

GETTING BETTER SLEEP


In the old days, rising with the sun also meant going to sleep when the sun went down, after a few hours of healthy, honest hard physical work. Not anymore. These days we guzzle down coffee or tea, gulp soft drinks or even swig an energy drink to keep us working long past our brain’s quitting time. Not to mention modern day stresses – those have the power to keep the best of us awake even when we are tired. In short, we need a magic formula to give us those deep, restorative hours of sleep. Fortunately, you can orchestrate a good night’s sleep. The trick is to follow a few simple steps to get your sleep back on track:

TRY THESE TEN TIPS FOR GETTING BETTER SLEEP

  1. The first step, according to Harvard Medical School, is to cut out that caffeine! If you just can’t resist that cup of coffee in the morning, go ahead and drink it, but don’t have any more after lunch. You must remember that soda pop is not good for you and it is filled with caffeine and with sugars, so it is not only coffee that you need to be concerned with but also soft drinks and caffeinated teas. 
  2. Avoid alcohol. Alcohol may in fact make you pass out for a little while, but chances are you’ll wake up repeatedly throughout the night and never truly get restful sleep. 
  3. Don’t exercise too close to bed time. You don’t have to give up your gym membership, just time it so you have a few hours to come down from your endorphin high before going to sleep. 
  4. Try a warm bath or massage. Either one will have you drifting into a good night’s sleep faster than you can say good-night. 
  5. Keep the TV out of the bedroom. If you must fall asleep in front of the tube, take advantage of your TV’s sleep function — so once you’re dozing, the TV will shut itself off and not startle you awake when the late-night, screaming infomercials come on. Same goes for music or the computer: it is best to keep it off before bed, but at the least don’t let it stay on all night long. 
  6. Keep a regular schedule. Your body will set its internal clock if you get up and go to bed at about the same time every day. 
  7. Let go of stress before bed. Maybe you had an argument with a family member or boss, and you keep replaying it in your head. Maybe you’re worried about bills to pay or an elderly parent’s welfare. But bedtime is not the time for analyzing things in your head. It is time to rest. So before bed, put your worries to rest by saying a prayer and asking the Lord to give you peace about the situation you are dealing with. If you should wake up in the middle of the night with an idea, have a pad on your night stand, jot it down and go back to sleep, that way you know that you will have your brilliant idea when you wake up in the morning and you do not have to worry that you will forget. 
  8. Replace that mattress or your pillow. Especially if you find you are waking up with a sore back or a stiff neck. 
  9. A soothing nighttime tea really can have a calming effect. Chamomile tea with no sugar, if you have to have it sweet, use as little honey as possible, it can be especially relaxing. Remember do not drink too much or you will be up all night having to go to the bathroom and it will disrupt your sleep. 
  10. Make your environment sleep-friendly. Turn on some white noise (a fan or anything steady that easily fades into the background and masks other sounds). Keep the room dark (especially avoid flickering or sudden lights (like on the TV). Make sure you are neither too hot nor too cold. 

If you will try these you will see a great difference in your sleeping patterns. Getting a good night’s sleep will improve your immune system and therefore your health and your mental state.

SOURCES:

http://mercola.com

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Responses

  1. I have recently put more effort into making good sleep a priority. I tend to work out before bed, or drink tea or wine. Thanks for the tips. There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep!

    • I am glad this article was helpful to you. There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep to be and stay healthy. Blessings.


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