Do you find yourself the last person to drift off to lala land? Are you frustrated that some people can drink two cups of coffee and still nod off for a nap, while you struggle to even lie still after 30 hours of sleep deprivation?
Here are some habits to implement to help you get a good night’s rest.
Habit #1: Sleep on a schedule.
If you’re constantly varying your schedule and trying to sneak in some sleep at differing times of day or night, your body can’t get into a steady sleep cycle. You’ll find it far easier to sleep if you get into and stick to a routine. Even if you want to take a daily nap, strive to keep it at the same time.
Habit #2: Get some routine exercise. It might seem counter-intuitive, but regularly working out helps to regulate your sleeping, and it’s a known fact that regularly exercising 20-30 minutes a day will reduce insomnia. You can fit that in with a morning or evening walk around the neighborhood. If you do walk at night, do so earlier in the evening. When you exercise, it relieves tension and increases your endorphins.
Habit #3: Avoid stimulants, particularly after noon. This means you should skip the coffee and soda, but alcohol, smoking, chocolate and even electronics can stimulate your nervous system.
Habit #4: Keep all electronics out of your bedroom. This worked like a charm for me…your bedroom should be for two things only…sleeping, and well, you know.
Habit #5: Try to avoid eating a heavy meal at night. Having a full stomach can make you bloated and uncomfortable, and of course, indigestion can keep you awake as well. Eat just enough to quench your hunger, and do so at least a couple hours before you sleep.
Not all of these habits will necessarily work for you, but, if you’re finding it hard to get good rest, they are certainly worth a try. If none of them work, consult your physician, as you may well have a sleeping disorder.