Getting enough sleep is key to maintaining health because it is one of the most powerful tools that your body uses to repair and regenerate itself. Your body simply will not function at its best without adequate sleep. But sometimes getting your forty winks can be hard. If you are someone that has a hard time falling asleep at bedtime, here are five steps to help you get the rest you need.
1. Go to bed at a decent time
Benjamin Franklin famously said, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” I’m not sure about the wealthy part, but adequate sleep certainly is wise. Get yourself in bed no later than 10:30 p.m. The goal here is to be asleep long before midnight because midnight and later is when your body begins its repair work.
2. Ban electronic devices at least one hour before bedtime
Watching TV or other electronic devices close to bed time can be too stimulating. So, put down that computer or e-reader, and record that TV show to watch later.
3. Watch your caffeine consumption
How much coffee did you have today, and when did you have your last cup? Coffee contains the stimulant caffeine, and enough of that can certainly disrupt your sleep. How about sodas? They also can contain a significant amount of caffeine.
4. Don’t eat late
What time was your last meal of the day? Eating too late can also keep you awake. Try to have your last meal by 6 P.M. if possible.
5. Take a warm bath before bed
You would be surprised at how much just taking a bath can relax you. Try it, you will be hooked. I also recommend using a soothing, non-toxic product in your bath water. One of my favorite things to use are the bath bombs by Hugo Naturals. They make the water feel amazing, just like you are in a warm, comforting cocoon. You can find them at a good price on Vitacost.com.
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