Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Ten Tips for Good Night's Sleep

10 tips for good

night's sleep

Stick to a schedule.

Erratic bedtimes do not allow for your body

to align to the proper circadian rhythms.

Mum was right when she set a time we always had to go to sleep as kids.

Also, make sure you try to keep the same schedule on weekends too,

otherwise the next morning, you'd wake later and feel overly tired.

Sleep only at night.

Avoid daytime sleep if possible.

Daytime naps steal hours from nighttime slumber.

Limit daytime sleep to 20-minute, power naps.

Exercise.

It's actually known to help you sleep better.

Your body uses the sleep period to recover

muscles and joints that have been exercised.

Twenty to thirty minutes of exercise every day

can help you sleep, but be sure to exercise in the

morningor afternoon.

Exercise stimulates the body and aerobic activity

before bedtime may make falling asleep more difficult.

Taking a hot shower or bath

before bed helps bring on sleep because

they can relax tense muscles.

Avoid eating just before bed.

Avoid eat large meals or spicy foods before bedtime.

Give yourself at least 2 hours from

when you eat to when you sleep.

This allows for digestion to happen (or at least start)

well before you go to sleep so your body can

rest well during the night,

rather than churning away your food.

Avoid caffeine.

It keeps you awake and that's now what you want

for a good nights sleep. We all know that.

Read a fiction book.

It takes you to a whole new world if you really get into it.

And then take some time to ponder over the book as you fall asleep.

I find as I read more and more, regardless of the book,

I get more tired at night and so find it easier to fall asleep.

Different for others?

Have the room slightly cooler.

I prefer this to a hot room.

I prefer to turn off the heat and allow the coolness

to circulate in and out of the windows.

If I get cold, I wear warmer clothes.

It also saves on the bills as you're not going to

require the heat all night long.

Sleep in silence.

I find sleeping with no music or TV on more easy and restful.

I guess others are different, but sleep with no distractions

is best for a clearer mind.


Avoid alcohol before bedtime.

It's a depressant; although it may make it easier to fall asleep,

it causes you to wake up during the night.

As alcohol is digested your body goes into withdrawal

from the alcohol, causing nighttime awakenings

and often nightmares for some people.



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******Gokul*******


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