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The Sleep Doctor's Tips To Falling Asleep

Nov 19, 2013

 

There are better ways to spend the night than counting sheep every night, waiting to finally doze off into the sweet splendor of slumber, only to find out that you can’t. The use of prescribed medications for sleeping has drastically increased in recent times, and apart from them being a temporary solution, they can also have side effects like abdominal discomfort, headaches, appetite changes and drowsiness among others. Hence, it is better to get a good, natural sleep to keep your mind and body healthy. If only it were that easy you’d say. Well, it can be, so before you start looking for professional help for your sleeplessness try the following tips and techniques and you may be sleeping like a baby, naturally. The Sleep Doctor at Nest Bedding is committed to helping you get the rest your body craves!

Exercise

Yes, exercising has a lot of health benefits; it keeps your heart young, and your body in shape, and your sleep enviable. Exercise helps boost sleep hormones like melatonin which eventually leads to better sleeping and less likelihood of waking up during the night. It is a good idea to go for a brisk walk or a 15-20 minute workout during the day. Make sure that you don’t exercise close to bedtime as it can be stimulating.

Stay Away From the Bed!

Well, as long as you don’t sleep on it anyway. Experts advise that a bed should only be used for sleep and sex; for everything else, use your couch or your study table or the dining table. So no more eating on the bed, working on the bed, watching television or laptop or any other activity apart from the two aforementioned.

Eat Right

Have you ever tried sleeping on a grumbling stomach? It is almost impossible to sleep with your stomach fighting a battle of its own. Sleeping on an empty stomach is not really a good idea,  but neither is sleeping with a bloated stomach. Try not to sleep right before eating, keep at least a one hour gap between eating and hitting the bed. Also avoid consuming caffeine, alcohol, chocolates as they are all stimulants and will likely keep you wide awake.

The Right Environment is Important, and So is the Right Mattress

Sleep inducing sprays, soothing music, relaxing night lights and other similar ornaments are great investments, but a better investment would be to purchase a sturdy mattress and some good quality organic cotton sheets to keep you comfortable.  Also, make sure that the temperature in the room is comfortable, ideally the temperature should be between 65-75 degrees. The fact is, you need to eliminate the uncomfortable elements before looking for additional ornaments to promote a good night’s sleep.

Wind Down Before Hitting the Bed

As much as you’d like, sleep does not have an on and off switch. Your body needs the time to transition from activity to finally winding down at the end of the day. Prepare for the next day by setting up your clothes, bag etc so that your head is clear. It is also a good idea to read or watch television to distract yourself and unwind.

These are some tips and tricks that will surely go a long way to ensure a good night’s sleep. However, make sure that you seek professional help if the problem persists.

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