If you are tossing and turning every night, then here are some tips for better sleep:
FOLLOW A SLEEP SCHEDULE
The recommended amount of sleep is typically 8 hours. In effort to try to get this every night, you should go to bed every day at the same time. Being consistent reinforces your body’s sleep-wake cycle. If you don’t fall asleep right away, try reading or listening to some music.
WATCH WHAT YOU EAT AND DRINK
Try not to consume caffeine too close to your bedtime as it take hours to wear off and can impair your quality of sleep. Also don’t go to bed hungry or stuffed, avoid heavy or large meals within a couple of hours of bedtime. Your discomfort could keep you from falling asleep.
SET UP A RESTFUL ENVIRONMENT
Set the tone and mood for sleep by creating a room ideal for sleeping. Make sure it is cool, dark and quiet enough to rest. Exposure to light sometimes makes it more challenging to fall asleep. Consider using dark shades, earplugs or a fan.
TRY NOT TO NAP DURING THE DAY
Long daytime naps can interfere with nighttime sleep. If you choose to nap, limit yourself to up to 30 minutes and avoid doing so late in the day.
GET EXERCISE DAILY
Adding regular physical activity to your daily routine can promote better sleep. However, avoid being active too close to bedtime.