Are you having trouble getting a good night's sleep? Try these six tips for a restful slumber.
1. Stop eating late at night. If we are not meant to eat late at night, why is there a light inside the refrigerator? I cannot answer this question, but studies prove that midnight munchers get less sleep than those who stop eating after dinner.
2. Reduce the amount of alcohol you consume. The amount of alcohol you drink before bed can affect the quality of your sleep. Plus, if you do drink too much, you will probably rehash the events of the day that caused you stress and you will never get to sleep.
3. Keep a notepad by your nightstand. By keeping a notepad and pen handy, you can jot down your worries and make a pact to deal with them the next day. Make a conscious decision to get a good night's sleep and not let your worries rob you of that pleasure.
4. Soundproof your bedroom. If you live in a noisy neighborhood and the stress of the outside sounds are causing you sleep problems, invest in some soundproofing. For example, heavy drapes, shutters, carpet and wall hangings all help absorb excess noise.
5. Be thankful. As you lay your head on the pillow, instead of thinking about all of the problems and stress in your life, try being thankful for everything that you have. Medical studies have proven that people who are thankful for the blessings in their lives are healthier, happier and get more restorative sleep.
6. Create a stress-busting sleep ritual. Make a commitment that your bedroom will be a place of peace and quiet. Turn off the TV and unplug the computer. Enjoy a good book or listen to soft music. Allow yourself to relax.
Published On: May 06, 2008