Having trouble sleeping well lately? Instead of blaming the mattress or the bright, Spring sun – valid excuses – try to cut out these five “sleep-stealing” habits to help you get the shut-eye you need.
- Skip Coffee After Noon – A late afternoon caffeine may still be affecting you up to 12 hours later. To make sure that you aren’t wide-eyed at bedtime, switch to decaf coffee in the afternoon – or skip it altogether to ensure you’ll be able to rest later in the evening.
- Downsize Dinner – To prevent your large dinner from preventing you from sleeping well limit dinner to fewer than 500 calories. Avoid other sleep complications by avoiding spicy foods and MSG (and the indigestion they cause) before dinner too.
- Exercise Earlier – Exercise is an important part of good sleep. But if you exercise too close to bedtime, within 3-4 hours, you can actually disrupt your sleep schedule. Try to work out in the morning, afternoon, or early evening to get better ZZZ’s at night.
- Turn Off the Technology – The television, your iPhone’s screen, the bright light from your Nook, all of those glowing screens keep your brain alert. To get the best sleep possible, power down your electronics at least an hour before bed.
- Leave Work Behind – Bringing work to bed may make you feel like you’re getting ahead in the office, but its counterproductive for your health. Stressing about the next day’s task (working on those electronic devices mentioned earlier) will make falling asleep much harder.
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