You don’t have to drag through your day feeling exhausted! Here are some natural ways to sleep better.
We take sleep for granted. So many of us already feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day, so climbing into bed to get “sufficient” shut-eye might feel like a low priority. But science increasingly reveals that sleep is crucial. Lack of sleep can lead to issues with your mood, cardiovascular disease, weight challenges, and shortened overall longevity. That’s right; if you want to feel and look better and live longer, you need your rest. Before you turn to habit-forming medication to force yourself to bed, try these natural ways to sleep better.
- Stick to a schedule. Your body should have a natural circadian rhythm that tells you when it’s time to sleep and when it’s time to wake. The issue is that most of us have disrupted this natural cycle with erratic sleep and wake times. Get in bed and wake up at the same time every day to regain your circadian rhythm.
- Think before you drink. If you have trouble drifting off at night, look at your caffeine intake. That cup of coffee you use to push through your afternoon slump at work could be affecting you at home. Instead, try green tea, which still has caffeine, just in smaller quantities.
- Get moving. Being active could actually help you slow down. Get in a workout a few hours before you plan to climb into bed, and you should find it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep through the night.
- Power down. The blue light emitted by phones, laptops, and TVs keeps our brains from producing sleep-inducing melatonin. Avoid screens an hour before bed to make it easier to get to sleep.
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