Do you ever get into bed at night after a long day only to realize your body just won’t let you sleep? Or how about those nights where you can’t stay asleep and end up tossing and turning for hours on end? Lets face it, getting a good night’s sleep when you want, is beyond your control, so here are three helpful tips Dr. Pam says can help prevent those restless nights.
SET A BEDTIME
- Sleeping at a set time may seem like an obvious tip, but it’s surprising how many people don’t. Routine is important when it comes to getting sleep, so make sure to stick to one.
- Do you set an alarm in the morning? Try setting one when you go to bed, too. This alarm system will help you stay on schedule with your new routine. Though it may be tempting, stick to the schedule on weekends as well.
RAISE YOUR BODY TEMPERATURE
- Raising your body temperature before going to bed can be effective because drowsiness sets in as your core body temperature cools down.
- According to womenshealthmag.com, taking a hot bath or shower can exaggerate this effect. U.S. News Health also suggests drinking a hot cup of tea before bedtime—it has the same effect as a hot bath!
TURN OFF LIGHTS/ELECTRONICS
- Having light on can be a distraction when it comes to getting some shuteye. When on, it sends a message to your brain that it’s daytime, according to U.S. News Health, thus making it more difficult to fall asleep and “disrupting the internal clock.”
- TV’s, computers, and phones should be off until you wake up in the morning since they stimulate your brain. If you’re the type to use social media or play casual games before bed, do yourself a favor and try to resist the urge. Your body will thank you in the morning.
While these three simple tips can help improve your daily sleep rituals, they can also boost your overall health and well-being at any age. Happy sleeping!