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Tips On How To Get Better Sleep

Tips on How To Get Better Sleep

It’s been said that the average adult needs between seven and a half to nine hours of sleep every night. However, most people, myself included, think that they are okay with five to six hours of sleep every night. I work very long hours every day. By the time I finally do make it to bed, I usually toss and turn for a while before I fall asleep. No bueno! I know that I need to commit on getting more sleep. I’ve slowly been trying to cut back the hours that I work so that I can get to bed at a decent time. I’ve been reading up on sleep and one thing I’ve seen mentioned over and over is a sleep schedule. A sleep schedule is basically a nightly routine that helps your mind and body calm down which will in turn help you keep to this timetable. Here are a few ideas I’ve found on how to get better sleep.

Stop eating!

1. Your body needs time to digest your dinner and so it is best to eat a light dinner early in the evening. Try to keep down your intake of carbohydrates and proteins during this meal.

2. Reduce the intake of stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine. I tend to drink coffee and tea in the evenings. This is something that I need to stop. In fact, experts suggest that your last cup of coffee should be consumed no later than three or four in the afternoon.

3. Reduce your alcohol intake before bedtime. Initially alcohol may make you feel sleepy and relaxed, but as the effect wears off you will find yourself sleepless. Sigh. I guess I need to cut down on the wine as well.

4. Finally, try to minimize your water intake before you begin your sleep routine. This will help reduce those middle-of-the-night trips to the bathroom.

Set the Scene

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1. Create a pre-bedtime routine that will help you relax. Set an alarm so that you start on time.

2. A warm bath helps raise your body temperature and then when you slip under those cool sheets, it will begin to fall. The drop in body temperature will help you fall asleep quickly.

3. Your bedroom should be comfortable in terms of the temperature and lighting. It is best to avoid bright lights when you are ready to call it a day.

4. Switch off your electronic gadgets such as your tablet and Smartphone before you start getting ready to go to bed.

5. Use a comfortable pillow that supports your neck effectively.

6. If you share your bed, opt for individual sheets or blankets. This way you will not spend the night pulling at your share of the sheet. Philip is always hot and I’m always cold at night. We used to have this issue until we opted for individual sheets.

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6. A comfortable mattress will help ensure that you get a good night’s sleep. Do make sure that the mattress is the right size for your bed. If it is old and tends to sag in the middle, then it is time to consider a change. Heck, I’ve needed a change for a long time. We were in a car accident a few years back, and that along with the combination of being hunched forward in my computer chair for hours on end has left me with a lot of back pain.

We’ve had the hardest time finding a comfortable mattress. I’m embarrassed to say how many mattresses we’ve purchased in the span of about 8 years. When we were given the opportunity to try a new mattress which featured some amazing technology, we jumped on it. I am so glad we did.

We received the new Simmons Beauty Rest ComforPedic iQ mattress. This is the only mattress that features the new Smart Response™ Technology. This technology causes the mattress to adapt to your body’s position. Another great feature is the Ultra Cool™ Memory Foam which helps to regulate temperature. This feature is perfect for us and will definitely help to eliminate the individual sheet issue I mentioned above.

When the bed arrived, Z.E.N. wasted no time climbing on to test it out. Now, every day after he eats his breakfast, he heads to my bedroom to "lounge" since it’s so comfy.

Z.E.N. testing the new matress out

After sleeping on the mattress for over a week, I can truly say that this is the most comfortable mattress we’ve owned. Philip gave it a thumbs up after the very first night. I wanted to give it a few more nights before giving my opinion, and after sleeping on it for almost two weeks, I can say that this mattress is awesome. I am falling asleep earlier and not tossing and turning during the night. And as for my back pain, I still feel it a little, but for someone who has lived with chronic pain for the past couple of years, I am happy to say that the pain has dissipated tremendously.

Sleep more at night. If it’s allowed at work or home, take a nap in the afternoon. You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel.

Ben Stein

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Diane Nassy

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 9-year-old little boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Check out Diane's Google+ profile "

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