Have you been facing troubles sleeping? Do you wake up often at night and find it hard to go back to sleep? We've all experienced a troubled sleep, especially in today's fast-paced world where time keeps slipping through our fingers.
Fortunately, we have picked some valuable habits along the way which have helped me improve my sleep quality drastically. Whether through a first-hand or a friend's experience, here are 5 useful habits that will - hopefully - get you sleeping like a baby again.
1. Learn to Relax
It's important to reduce your stress levels before sleeping. An excellent way to do so is to create a soothing ritual right before you go to back. You can combine any two or more of the following: a stroll or a quick run, yoga, reading, watching TV, taking a bath, listening to calm music, or any other activity that will get you relaxed and switch off your brains.
2. Know What to Eat...
Don't skip dinner; it might cause you a night headache. Instead, pick foods and drinks that are rich in sleep-regulating hormones and brain chemicals (such as melatonin and serotonin) or filled with specific antioxidants and nutrients (such as magnesium and melatonin). Almonds, turkey, Chamomile tea, kiwi, salmon, tuna, and white rice (in moderate quantities) will help you sleep better for longer. Avoid fatty and spicy foods as well as sugar-packed beverages.
3. ...And When to Stop
Stop consuming foods and drinks at least 2 hours before bedtime. This will help you avoid digestive problems and frequent night visits to the bathroom.
4. Keep Away from Stimulants
Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants and will get restless and unable to sleep fast.
5. Stay Away from Your Phone
You can stay up scrolling down your mobile phone screen for hours. Trust me, I've been there. Put your phone at rest for the night as your screen lights will not only delay your sleep but will also dry your eyes.
These were our favorite tips among many others to better your sleep. If you know any, share them! We also recommend you start thinking about sleep differently: It is not only something you have to do because it is essential to leading a healthy life and maintaining good levels of energy, it is mostly a well-deserved break from your hectic routine.
Till the next read, sleep well!
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