Sleep health is very important to pay attention to. Not only do you feel better when you have a good night's sleep, but your body and mind is healthier as well. Sleep prevents heart attacks and strokes and possibly cancer as well. It also reduces stress and improves your memory. It is also the time your body takes to repair itself from the damage done to it during the day, like from stress or UV rays. But it's difficult sometimes to get a good night's sleep, no matter how much you want to. Here are three ways to get a better, deeper sleep.
1) Stick to a sleep schedule.
Your body has an internal clock. Going to sleep haphazardly can confuse your body on when to prepare for sleep. But sticking to a consistent schedule tells your internal clock when it is time for bed. Making a bedtime ritual, like reading in bed, or showering before bed, also tells the body it's time for bed, so you'll be more tired and go to sleep faster.
2) Don't use an electronic screen for at least 30 minutes before you go to bed.
Using a cell phone or watching TV before bed can make it next to impossible to fall asleep. Staying unplugged for at least 30 minutes will make it easier for you to fall asleep. This is a great time to start reading that book you've been meaning to, or to do some night-time yoga or meditation.
3) Incorporate exercise into your routine.
People who exercise more sleep better. Even increasing daily activity like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or deliberately parking at the far end of the parking lot will help. Timing is important, though. Vigorous exercises like jogging too close to bedtime could leave you too full of adrenaline to fall asleep. If this is the case with you, it's best to exercise earlier in the day, or do calming exercise, like yoga, at night.
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