By now, we can all agree that sleep is important. It gives the brain time to process everything that happened during the day and it’s an important opportunity to relax. But sleep doesn’t come easy to everyone. There are a hundred things that can disturb sleep, from anxiety to noise pollution to bad habits.
But no one is destined to a lifetime of sleepless nights. There are plenty of things that we can do to get some extra shut-eye and avoid that all day sluggish feeling that leads us to be less focused and productive at work. Here are a few to try:
Giving yourself a bedtime helps train your body to fall asleep at a certain time. And consistently waking up at the same time, even on weekends, reinforces the amount of sleep your body gets used to.
Some suggestions are actually a bit surprising. For example, one study suggests that having warm hands and feet can help you fall asleep faster, so keep a pair of socks handy. Other studies suggest that taking a warm bath or shower before bed will raise your body temperature and help you fall asleep faster.
Going to bed with a clear mind can also have a positive effect on sleep. So if something is troubling you, consider some of the many activities that can quiet the mind such as exercise, keeping a journal, meditation, or yoga, to name a few.
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