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How Can you Get a Better Night Sleep?

Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Written by Live Life Get Active
Category: Healthier, Wellbeing

Sleep and your health and well-being work hand in hand. This is why it’s extremely important to get a good quality sleep every night (7-8 hours). Think of your body like a factory, as you drift off to sleep it moves into night shift. During this time, a lot of important processing, restoration and strengthening occurs.

Benefits of Quality Sleep

Getting a quality sleep contributes to healthy brain function, which means improved capacity for learning and better decision making. Additionally, it really benefits your mental health and emotional well-being so you are less moody and better able to cope with change and life’s stresses.

Physically, your body’s immune system relies on sleep to stay healthy. A lack of sleep can contribute to a host of physical ailments including increased risk of strokes, high blood pressure, fighting off infections and weight gain!

So if you’re going to take anything away from this…yes sleep is important, and you need plenty of it to stay healthy!

At Live Life Get Active, our mission is to help you live happier, healthier, fitter lives – and that means finding ways for you to get quality shut eye.

Tips and Tricks for Getting a Better Night Sleep

Here are some simple ways to help you go to sleep faster for a better night’s sleep.

Keep Your Room Cool – You want the temperature in your room to be between 16°C and 18°C. This will make it cool enough for you to sleep deeper and more comfortably.

Keep your room dark – Use heavy curtains or shades to block light coming in from the window, even try a sleep mask. This will help when that morning light starts to shine through.

Don’t Sleep Until You’re Tired – Laying in bed trying to go to sleep can be frustrating. If you don’t feel tired in 20 minutes, get up and go sit in another room. Turn on some soft music or read until you feel tired.

Create a Sleep Schedule – Try going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. This will help your body’s natural clock to get a routine, and you’ll fall asleep faster.

Reduce the Caffeine – Caffeine can help to keep you awake. It’s best to stop drinking it four to six hours before you plan to go to sleep. So keep coffee for the morning!

Eat a Light Evening Meal – Eating heavy foods before bed can lead to an upset stomach and trouble sleeping. Eat dinner at least a few hours before bedtime and snack on something light like fruit before bed.

Avoid Napping – A daytime nap can make problems when you try to go to sleep at night. It messes up your sleep schedule. If you do have to nap, keep it for 20 minutes or less…You don’t want to fall into a deep sleep, it will only make you drowsier!

Don’t Bring Electronics to Bed – Your phone or computer’s blue light can keep you awake. Your body won’t be able to make the sleep hormone and it’ll make it harder to fall asleep. Try switching to a book, or even a podcast.

These simple tips can really help getting a more restful sleep. You may find yourself falling asleep faster, staying asleep longer, and waking up ready to take on the day.

But wait…there is MORE!

Get that Body Moving

Exercise is a natural way that can fight several problems that can lead to trouble sleeping. Block off 20 to 30 minutes each morning or afternoon for a short exercise routine to help fight common health problems like depression and anxiety. It also increases the amount of deep sleep, allowing the body more time to rejuvenate.

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Sources:
https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/healthy-sleep-tips

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/personal-best/pillar/wellbeing/three-tips-to-getting-a-good-nights-sleep

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