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How to sleep better

14-05-2012

If you have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep then there are a number of different areas you need to look at that could help you sleep.

First, let’s look at your sleep environment. It needs to be relaxing, well ventilated, dark and quiet. If it is none or only some of these things then you need to do what you can to improve it. Get better blinds, hide that annoying LED alarm clock, open a window. It all makes more of a difference than you might think.

Next, we need to talk about your body clock. The human body and brain prefer regularity and thoroughly dislike radical change. It is best for you to try to go to sleep and get up at around the same time each day, that way you work harmoniously with your body clock. If you work against it, you will find it harder to fall asleep and harder to stay asleep.

Finally, pre-sleep routines and behaviours are vital. It is important that you avoid heavy meals with fatty foods, alcohol, caffeine and tobacco during the night if you are struggling with sleep. Try to develop healthy pre-sleep routines, like mild exercise, reading a book, having a bath or even meditating. Also, try a glass or milk, a herbal tea, a banana or one of the many other natural foods and drinks that help with sleep before bed as they really do work.


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