The Center for Disease Control, the Mayo Clinic, the National Sleep Foundation, and even your mother have all told you tricks and tips for how you can sleep better. I have looked at many suggestions, and here are some of the tips that seemed to be most prevalent across the board. It might just be because these are the tips that work the best?
Tips to Sleep Better
Be in the light during the day and in the dark at night.
This simple trick helps maintain your circadian rhythm, aka your internal clock that tells you when it’s time to wake and when it’s time to go to bed.
Minimize caffeine intake, especially later in the day.
Though some people are not caffeine sensitive, if you are sensitive to this substance, the more you can stay away from it, the better. This goes for any substance or ingredient that you might act as a stimulant to you. For example, B-12 makes me feel wide awake. I have to pay close attention to the vitamins that I take to ensure that they don’t contain excessive amounts of B-12. When there is too much in my system, I have problems sleeping at night - even if I consumed it early in the day.
Your bedroom is your sanctuary.
Make sure that you have set your bedroom to make it as conducive to sleep as you can. The more you can associate your bedroom with sleeping, the better you should sleep while in it.
Avoid naps, if possible.
Sometimes we are so run down, the only thing that can get us through the rest of the day is a nap. When we nap, if we lay down for too long we might fall into a sleep cycle. When we are awoken from a sleep cycle, we may feel more groggy then we did before we napped. If you must nap, try to make it a quick one. You also don’t want to sleep so long during the day that you have problems sleeping when it’s time to go to bed that night.
Maintain a regular schedule.
Though this is definitely easier said than done, try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
Have you tried any of these tricks to help you sleep? Was your sleep better once you tried them?