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Tips That Will Have You Sleeping Better Tonight

Tips That Will Have You Sleeping Better Tonight

Feeling tired? It’s not uncommon – countless people have trouble sleeping, and don’t feel fully rested in the morning. Thousands of Americans suffer from poor sleep and insomnia, but that doesn’t mean you’re destined for sleepless nights forever! Review these simple suggestions that you can incorporate into your lifestyle today in order to sleep better tonight.

Let It Go.
Stop thinking about all the highs and lows of the day, and let yourself relax. If you find it difficult to wind down, write your thoughts or to-dos down on paper so you don’t have them continually running through your mind.

Fight Stress.
You want your cortisol levels to go down, not up, before you go to sleep. What does that mean? No fighting, worrying, or plunging into activities or conversations that might wind you up, and stress you out in the hours before bedtime.

Begin Your Fast.
You may not think about this often, but in reality you fast every night until you wake and “break the fast” with your morning meal. Fasting allows your body to repair itself, and not focus on digestion while you sleep. Not eating for a few hours before bed will set your body up for its nightly work, and help you rest better.

Electronic Free Zone.
Aim for no electronics in the bedroom  for at least for 30 minutes to 1 hour before you fall asleep. That means no TVs, laptops, iPads, or phones — all these electronics keep us awake and our minds active instead of letting us settle in for the night.

Still Feeling Awake? Here Are A Few Other Great Ways To Wind Down:
1. A nice hot bath with Epsom Salts, lavender oil and candles in the winter.
2. Fifteen minutes of meditating in bed.
3. Reading in bed.
4. A glass of wine, or herbal tea and a movie.
5. Light stretching, quick restorative yoga session, or a relaxing neighborhood walk.

Sleep well!