The benefits of a good night’s sleep are plentiful but all too often people are just not getting enough sleep or the kind of quality sleep they need to be fully functional and to make the most of their waking hours. Low productivity can mean loss of income and work product. There are many things that can disrupt a good night of sleep while you are in bed and even before you hit the hay.
Here are 5 effective tips for scoring a better night of rest night after night…
5 Tips for a Better Night of Sleep for the Whole Family 1 of 6
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Unplug Early 2 of 6
All the electronic influences in our life can lead to a lack of good sleep. Make a commitment to â€˜unplugging' at least an hour before your bedtime. That means no computer, phone, or television. Read a book, play a game of cards, do what you need to do to unwind from technology and your day in general at least one hour before you plan on going to sleep.
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Bedtimes for All 3 of 6
While kids definitely do better with a non-negotiable bedtime, adults should heed the same advice. Your internal body clock is working and to keep on track, you should get to bed the same time every single night as often as possible. Kids should get to bed to ensure at least 10 hours of rest while adults should calculate bedtimes based on at least 8 hours. If you have to get up at 6 am, be ready to fall asleep by 10 pm every night.
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Cool Down 4 of 6
Studies show that people can sleep more comfortably in a cooler room. Even during cold winter months it is important to make sure the bedrooms are not too hot and stuffy. Dress in sleepwear that is comfortable, breathable, and will keep you cool under the covers.
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Ditch the Caffeine 5 of 6
What you eat and drink before bed does make a difference. Avoid coffee and soft drinks after dinner time. Sugary snacks and heavy foods should also be avoided. Not only will this help you fall into a faster, higher quality sleep, you can also start keeping off unwanted pounds.
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Be Active Daily 6 of 6
Many people that do not exercise or maintain some level of activity every day can find it difficult to fall asleep. Exerting energy throughout the day through activity and exercise can make it easier to fall asleep each night. Try to complete your exercise routine at least 2 hours before your bedtime so you have time to relax and get your body ready for sleep.
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