5 Tips For Better Sleep Tonight

Published on: June 5, 2016

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If you want more energy throughout the day, improving your sleep quality is one of the most important things you can do. Research even shows that the quality of sleep you get matters more than the amount of time you spend sleeping. Luckily, there are some tricks to help you settle in at night and get a restful night’s sleep.

1. Turn off electronic devices

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Dim the lights and turn off all your devices about 60 minutes before bedtime. Bright light is one of the biggest triggers to our brains that it’s time to be awake and alert.

2. Turn down the heat
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Create a bedroom environment that’s dark, quiet, and cool (between 60 and 67 degrees). Science proves that most of us get our best sleep in ambient temperatures.

3. Strike a pose
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Do some light stretching, deep breathing, yoga, or meditation to help your body and mind transition to sleep. These quiet activities may help you slow your breathing and heart rate and drift off sooner.

4. Try a soothing tea
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Chamomile tea is a sleeping remedy that’s been used as a natural sleep aid since ancient times. Drinking a cup of Chamomile tea is associated with an increase in the body’s production of a chemical called glycine, which relaxes the nerves and acts as a mild sedative.

5. Get it on paper
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Keep a pad of paper and a pen on your nightstand for those thoughts that creep up just as you begin to fall asleep and hold your attention for longer than you’d like. Clearing your mind of can help you drift off more smoothly.

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