Getting rid of poor sleep can be a challenge for some of us, to say the least, but if If you do not suffer from severe sleep problems, there are three simple things you can try to improve your sleep.We know it can feel difficult to break old patterns and establish new habits, but trust us when we say that it can actually make a big difference.
Try to exercise regularly.
This helps us because exercise naturally makes you tired at night and also helps to reduce stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms in a natural way. It is important that it is not too close to your bedtime. At this time of year, many of us may find it easier to do this as the days get longer and brighter. It can be a really good time to get started on this habit and get as much light as possible during the day.
Another habit you can try is to find activities 1-2 hours before you go to bed that make it easier for you to get down in laps, e.g. to take a bath, read a book, meditate or do relaxing yoga or anything that works for you to relax and feel calm and "safe". This can be a little more demanding at this time of year, but it really works for most of us.
Bye bye caffeine and alcohol
Try not to drink alcohol, coffee or black tea late at night. Caffeine has a really long shelf life in the body and therefore it can be a good idea to drink your last cup at three o'clock in the afternoon. With alcohol, you may find it easier to fall asleep, but it really damages your sleep quality and destroys your deep sleep, which is so important for your memory and your health.
Try these three small changes for a couple of weeks and see if you notice any difference.
* This article is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice and treatment and should not be seen as a substitute for it.