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10 From GEM: 10 Tips for Better Sleep

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10 From GEM:
10 Tips for Better Sleep

 

Let’s face it, most of us do not get a lot of sleep. Most of us, even when we do sleep, find it interrupted and not satisfying, leaving us exhausted, achy and moody. We attempt to catch up on our sleep on the weekends by sleeping in much later, which leaves us only more exhausted and frustrated, making going back into the regular routines on Monday difficult and almost unbearable.

In situations such as this, we need to begin thinking about developing and adopting healthy sleep habits which will promote consistent sleeping patterns, contributing to better overall day to day living. There is validity in waking up at the same time every day and going to bed at approximately the same time every night, including on the weekends.

Adopting regular sleep patterns involves undertaking measures throughout the day to help promote sleep. Having good sleep involves adopting good sleep habits called good sleep hygiene. For something we spend half our life doing, many of us need to adopt good sleep hygiene to improve our mental health, our physical health and general well-being.

There are many techniques you can incorporate towards better sleep, and towards good sleep hygiene. We all know we are supposed to get a good night sleep, and many of us make an honest effort, but many efforts are futile. Firstly, make sure you don’t have any serious medical issues precluding you from getting sleep and then begin to learn about general insomnia and how you may be affected.

Beyond that, there are many techniques which you can consider towards improving your sleep patterns into a fitful, restful nightly sleeping routine. Regular exercise, eating well, reducing stimulating activities before bed, watching what you eat and how much before bed are just some of the many factors which may be affecting you from achieving a proper nights rest.

10 From GEM has 10 easy strategies that you can begin to employ to begin to improve your sleeping habits.

 

1. Avoid Stimulants

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Avoid stimulants such as caffein in coffee, tea, chocolate, some sodas and pain relievers at least 4-6 hours before bed. Avoid alcohol because even though it brings on sleep initially, it actually acts as a stimulant. Try to avoid it 3-4 hours before bed.

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