With the current state of the world in general, having a good night’s sleep has never been more important. It is essential our bodies get all the rest needed to function properly. When we struggle with a lack of sleep at night, we may find that we also struggle to get on with our day. If you are not getting enough sleep and you are wondering what you could try to help you sleep better at night, here are some tips you may find useful:
Have a nightly routine
It is best to go to bed around the same time every night to get our bodies used to a nightly routine. The daily recommended sleeping hours for an adult is 7 hours. Sticking to a bedtime routine would help you get the recommended 7 hours of sleep every night because your body would get used to it. So ensure you go to bed and wake up at the same time every day even on weekends to reinforce your body’s sleep-wake cycle.
Stay active during the day
It is important to stay active during the day so you would feel sleepy at night. Staying active is different for everyone. It could mean doing chores around the house, exercising, going for long walks, or running. Including physical activities in your daily routine would help you stay active during the day and help you sleep at night. Having said that, it is best to do physical activities during the day and not close to bedtime so it does not have a negative impact.
Watch what you consume
Pay attention to what you eat and drink hours before bedtime. It is best to stay away from caffeinated and alcoholic drinks in the evening if you struggle to fall asleep at night. You don’t want to go to be stuffed with food and you don’t want to go to bed hungry. Also, be mindful of what you watch and the conversations you take part in just before you sleep. It is best to keep it all light so nothing keeps you up at night.
Limit daytime naps
If you find yourself tossing and turning at night when you should be fast asleep then you may want to limit daytime naps if you can’t eliminate them altogether. Limit your nap to one hour a day and avoid napping late in the day. Any naps too late in the afternoon may negatively impact your sleep routine at night.