By William F. Gabriel

When you sleep well at night you feel refreshed and ready to face the day the next morning. Here are some tips for getting the best sleep possible:

1. Create a more inviting sleep environment. If your room is too bright or too noise, you will need to make some changes. Sometimes sleep interruptions are caused by an old or uncomfortable mattress. Even though you may be in bed for eight hours every night, you might night be sleeping the whole eight hours and the sleep you may get might not be deep enough to be beneficial. Make sure your room is the right temperature and that you remove any distractions from it.

2.Work diligently to alleviate stress. If you find it hard to sleep at night because your mind is still worrying about the negative things that happened earlier in the day, or if you are stressing out about all the stuff you need to do tomorrow, yours sleep will be fitful at best. One of the best options you have for dealing with stress is to get enough exercise during the day. Some people like to try aerobics or martial arts self defense. Whether you learn kickboxing or Self Defense, regular exercise will exhaust you in a good way and make it easier for you to fall asleep and stay asleep at night.


3. Do your best to stay asleep. Don’t drink or eat too much before bedtime or you could be up all night making trips to the bathroom. It’s normal to toss and turn a little to find a comfortable position, but for the most part you should not even remember waking up during the night.

4. Making sleeping a routine. Many people like to stay up late one night and then sleep in several hours the next in an attempt to make up for the sleep that was lost. This isn’t the best way to get the rest your body needs. It’s important that you stick to a routine and that you go to bed at the same time each night and wake up at the same time every morning. If you feel yourself getting drowsy before your bed up, get up and do a small chore. Don’t do too much, but just enough to keep you moving until it’s your normal bedtime.

5. You diet can negatively impact your sleep patterns too. You should consider eliminating things like caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol from your diet completely. At the very least, you should avoid consuming them right before bed. For a few hours before bed time, try not to eat or drink any foods. This can lead to you waking up frequently to go to the bathroom.

Getting good, restorative sleep is important for everyone. Without enough sleep the body can become worn down. You are more likely to me moody and cranky and your immune system can become weakened, increasing your risk for getting things like the flue and the common cold.

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