Five ways to improve your sleep

November 24, 2015

Is waking up one of the most painful parts of your day? Do you find yourself wishing you could sleep soundly through the night? With some simple adjustments to your daily routine, you can feel better rested every morning. Here are five tips from Psych Central: Exercise: Exercising 20 to 30 minutes per day helps you get quality shut-eye. And don't worry, despite rumors, new studies show that exercise before bedtime doesn't negatively affect sleep after all. Set/keep a regular sleep schedule: Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day to avoid insomnia. Also, try not nap within eight hours of bedtime. Have a relaxing bedtime ritual: Relax with a warm bath, reading or even some yoga to help you get ready for bed every night. Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol: Avoid drinks that contain caffeine, such as coffee or soft drinks, six to eight hours before sleeping if you want a good night' rest. Also, try to avoid eating a large meal within two hours of bedtime. Control your room environment and temperature: Keep a comfortable temperature in your bedroom. Extreme temperatures can make it tough to fall and/or stay asleep. Also avoid going to sleep with the television or radio on. If you do this regularly, you'll train your body to be unable to fall asleep without electronics. Need extra help adjusting your body' sleeping temperature? Try Protect-A-Bed' mattress and pillow protectors. Their thermo-regulating properties will keep your body cool in the summer heat and warm during winter' freezing nights.