Feeling sleep deprived? These slumber solutions will work like a dream and have you snoozing in no time.
A quality snooze does more than just ensure that you are refreshed and well-rested when you wake up in the morning. It allows you to stay energetic and alert throughout the day, increasing productivity and keeping your mental state in check.
What’s more, a lack of sleep can lead to potential weight gain. Now, with something as simple as sleeping your weight off, don’t you think it’s about time you get some quality sleep! If you are stressed about hitting the sack, try these five ways to help you achieve a better sleep.
Create a sleep schedule
Form a habit by going to bed and getting up at the same time every day. This consistency gets ingrained into your body’s sleep-wake cycle gradually and once you have developed this habit, your “body clock” will register your sleeping hours and encourage better sleep. If you are an involuntary night owl and find it hard to get rid of this habit, read our five ways to get rid of old (bad) habits for good.
You are in bed, tossing and turning, frustrated about being unable to fall asleep. Sounds familiar? Here’s a relaxation technique you can try that works well: take slow, deep breaths, clearing your thoughts as you listen and concentrate on each breath. Alternately, imagine a tranquil, relaxing setting and place your concentration on the calming atmosphere that it exudes. Experiment with various relaxation techniques and you might just find one that works the best for you.
Eat right, sleep tight
Caffeine takes the cake when it comes to the worst beverage choices before bed, but there are other diet factors that could be affecting your sleep as well. Avoid going to bed hungry or stuffed. A big or spicy meal that requires a large amount of digestion can also thwart your sleep quality. Limit nicotine and alcohol intake as well as they can disrupt you mid-sleep.
Yoga before bed
Yoga is effective in calming the mind and body which helps to prepare you for a good night’s sleep. Spend a little time doing a few basic yoga moves before you head to sleep and you might just end up sleeping like a baby! Try out this yoga routine and doze off into sweet slumber bliss after.
Tip: Though exercise can help you to sleep better, avoid doing strenuous workouts 3 – 4 hours before you go to sleep as your post-workout energy can hinder your peaceful sleep.
Have a relaxing drink
Relaxation drinks can calm, soothe and relax you which are ideal for before you head to bed. Down a cup of SkinnyMint Night Cleanse Tea for a relaxing evening before bedtime. This caffeine-free brew contains calming ingredients like orange leaves and lemongrass, so it’s perfect as a post-dinner drink.
Try these tips and tell us what you think by commenting below.
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Health & Wellness March 16, 2016