Have a good night’s sleep for healthy living

Having a good night’s sleep keeps us healthy and ready for our daily routine. People with inadequate sleep tend to be crabby and worn out.

All the stress and strain of a hard day’s work, family responsibilities, unexpected challenges and developments, relationship issues or illnesses, sometimes prevent having a good night’s sleep.

Here are some tips for better sleep:

1: Stick to a sleep schedule
Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even on weekends, holidays and days off. Being consistent reinforces your body’s sleep-wake cycle and helps promote better sleep at night.
2: Pay attention to what you eat and drink
Don’t go to bed either hungry or stuffed. Your discomfort might keep you up. Also limit how much you drink before bed, to prevent disruptive middle-of-the-night trips to the toilet.

3: Create a bedtime ritual
Do the same things each night to tell your body it’s time to wind down. This might include taking a warm bath or shower, reading a book, or listening to soothing music.

4: Get a comfortable bedroom
Create a room that’s ideal for sleeping. Often, this means cool, dark and quiet. Consider using room-darkening shades, earplugs, a fan or other devices to create an environment that suits your needs.

5: Limit daytime naps
Long daytime naps can interfere with nighttime sleep. If you work nights, you’ll need to make an exception to the rules about daytime sleeping. Keep your window coverings closed so that sunlight doesn’t interrupt your daytime sleep.

6: Include physical activity in your daily routine
Regular physical activity can promote better sleep, helping you to fall asleep faster and to enjoy deeper sleep.

No. 7: Manage stress
When you are overloaded with work, your sleep is likely to suffer. To help restore peace to your life, consider healthy ways to manage stress.

When there are issues that demand your thinking or if you are worried about certain things, sleep over them, you will get a better idea to sort them out when you wake up from a good night’s sleep.

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