Getting a good night's rest is so important for your health. It gives the body a chance to repair itself and recharge for the next day. It's also the perfect time to relax and let go of the stress from the day before. Unfortunately, there are many people who don't experience this luxury. Thanks to insomnia, work schedules and other triggers, they struggle to get a good night's rest. If you fall in this category, consider these three simple solutions for getting a good night's rest.
1. Create a solid bedtime routine.
A good bedtime routine includes the period where you wind down and prepare yourself for sleep. For some people, it may take a few hours to wind down to prepare for bed. If so, you might want to start this process once you get home after work. Take a relaxing bath or shower. Listen to soft music. Turn down the lights. Shut the blinds. Consider wearing a certain cologne or perfume that gets you mentally in the mood for bedtime. It may be tough at first. However, once you get into the swing of this routine, you'll be able to fall asleep in no time.
2. Turn off the electronics.
Many people fall asleep with their cell phones in their hands. You might want to consider putting your phone on 'Do Not Disturb' mode while you prepare for bed. The bright lights of your smart devices aren't conducive to a good night's rest. It's also wise to shut down all of your apps and find another form of entertainment until bedtime. For many people, reading is the perfect way to get lulled off to sleep. Many people loved reading bedtime stories when they were children. Consider doing the same concept as an adult. Just make sure the books are hard copies and not on your tablet.
3. Skip naps.
Many people jump at the chance to take a nap during the day because they're so tired. Try to avoid this habit at all costs. When you recharge and take a nap during the day, you're less likely to do the same thing at night time. For a sleeping schedule that's completely messed up, it's wise to see a professional like Mohsen M. Hamza, M.D. for assistance. Doctors who have experience treating sleep disorders can put you on a regimen that will help you in the long run.
Don't be discouraged if these solutions take a few weeks to get used to. It's worth the effort. Plus, you can't go through life feeling sleep-deprived so it's best to tackle this issue head-on. As sleep and rest begin to come easier, your drive and energy for life will come back and you’ll find yourself far more productive than before.
By Meghan Belnap
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