Tips to a more restful night’s sleep:
Limit your caffeine:
For some of us this is a tough thing to even think about let alone do but, we all know that caffeine can really hinder your ability to sleep at night. Most experts suggest cutting off the caffeine intake two to six hours prior to bedtime. The time you want to cut off your caffeine intake will depend largely on your body’s tolerance to it. For instance some of us may need to cut out the caffeine by noon while others could squeeze in one post dinner latte. Always be mindful of how much you are ingesting. For instance chocolate also sadly contains caffeine so get your fill before it gets to late in the evening.
Yes this is probably one of the toughest ones to do especially for those of us whom are always on the go. Turning off the computer, television and or cell phone may seem like a punishment but trust us, it’s worth it. Staring at those glowing screens all day and night can cause an inability to relax before bedtime. Try turning everything off an hour prior to when you want to lay down. If you still just need some form of entertainment, try reading a magazine. We suggest a magazine because of the short articles as this is not the time to start on a novel and become all caught up in the story unable to put it down.
Lastly, you will want to relax your mind and body prior to going to sleep. Everyone has different things that help them to relax; we suggest trying one or more of the following:
- Do some light stretching just prior to crawling into bed.
- Sip on some chamomile tea or warm milk.
- Take a warm bath.
- Spray your pillow with a scent known to ease stress such as lavender.
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