We all wish that we could get a better, deeper sleep each night, but as we age this becomes increasingly difficult. For some, sleep eludes us no matter how early we manage to crawl into bed. The good news is that there are a number of ways you can help yourself get that full and refreshing night’s rest. If you are looking for tips for having a more rejuvenating sleep routine, this blog cites six ways that you can help yourself get a great night’s sleep, en route to waking up refreshed and ready for whatever the day may bring.
- Cut the coffee, alcohol, sodas, and smoking – These are all known stimulants that affect sleep, and are unhealthy for a variety of reasons. If you must continue using these, stop several hours before you go to bed as they stay in your system much after you finish that last drink or smoke.
- Maintain a consistent sleep schedule – One of the best things you can do to help manage your sleep is in keeping a consistent sleep schedule, which includes the weekends, holidays, and any other day you may not have work.
- Exercise – Mixing good exercise into your daily routine will help to wear you out. This can help you fall asleep faster, and enjoy a deeper, sounder sleep. Like the stimulants in number one however, you should do this several hours before you go to bed.
- Ensure your room is dark – Light is a signal to your brain that you should be awake, so close the blinds and avoid the lights from computers, phones, clocks, and anything else that may provide even the slightest glow.
- Temperature is important – Keeping your room on the cooler side is typically recommended. This will cause your sheets to be cool, and when your warm body meets this, it will cause a drop in your body temperature. The result of this is the body’s production of melatonin, which encourages sleep.
- Use a natural sleep aid – products like Life Extension’s Enhanced Natural Sleep with Melatonin include ingredients that are proven to help you sleep, such as melatonin, discussed in our tip above.
These tips will hopefully help you regain that full, restful sleep that might have eluded you for the last several years. Using these tips along with managing your stress levels can help you rest better, but many of these will also help you live a healthier and happier life! If you have any questions, specific concerns, or conditions, we at DR Vitamin Solutions would be happy to make more specific recommendations for you. Simply leave us a comment here, send us an email via our contact page, or reach us via the social media space.
By David Benic, DR Vitamin Solutions