Sleep Secrets: 3 Changes You Can Make To Get More Rest

Sleep Secrets: 3 Changes You Can Make To Get More Rest

Did you know that more than a third of Americans experience episodes of insomnia? If you’re not getting enough rest, there may be consequences. The good news is that it is possible to make changes to your lifestyle that could improve your sleep habits. Having three kids and another on the way, sleep is never consistent and, yet, so vital! If you’re struggling to remember what it feels like to wake up feeling bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, here are some suggestions to try.

Exercise

Exercise can aid sleep in many ways. Firstly, physical activity tires your body out, so that you crave rest and the chance to recover. Secondly, exercise has incredible benefits for your mental health. If stress and anxiety are a barrier to a good night’s sleep, being active is hugely advantageous. If you’re new to working out, you don’t have to worry about spending your life in the gym or changing your diet to include magical potions and supplements like protein shakes and Tongkat Ali extract. Start building up your fitness gradually, try new activities and search for sports and classes that you enjoy. If you look forward to exercising, you’re more likely to stick at it, and this should benefit your health. If you’re keen to join the gym, it’s well worth booking an induction or having a couple of classes with a trainer to learn how to use the machines and work out a routine that will be suitable for your level of fitness and your training aims.

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Routine

If you’re a parent, it’s almost certain that you’ve devoted hours of your time trying to get your children into a routine. The truth is that sleep patterns are not just important for little ones. They’re also essential for adults. If your body clock is used to a certain regimen, this will help you to sleep, and it will also increase your chances of making sure you get enough sleep. We all have nights when things don’t quite go to plan, but try and get to bed and wake up at a similar time every day. Your internal clock will soon adjust, and you should find that you sleep better for longer.

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Diet

Do you often lie in bed at night and find it hard to doze off or get back to sleep? There are myriad reasons why you may find it difficult to sleep, and one reason is your diet. If you eat late at night, you consume foods that are rich or sugary, or you have a caffeinated drink before you go to bed, this can make it hard to nod off. Try and avoid eating for a couple of hours before you go to bed and stick to decaffeinated drinks like tea and coffee. Caffeine is a stimulant, and it will perk you up just as you’re trying to wind down.

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If you’re having trouble sleeping, this can impact both your physical and mental health. The good news is that often, making simple changes can bring respite. Try and exercise on a regular basis, get into a routine that suits you and avoid eating and drinking late at night. Hopefully, you’ll be sleeping soundly very soon. Now, if we could just get the kids to sleep soundly…

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