5 Ways To Get A Better Night’s Sleep

Tips to sleep better (Photo credit: Wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock)
Tips to sleep better (Photo credit: Wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock)

If your nights are filled not with sleep slumber but rather restless tossing and turning that are causing you to get up unrested and exhausted, then this guide is for you — and you can thank us later.

Ditch your mobile phone in another room of the house

If you like so many of us are tethered to your mobile phone, checking it every few seconds and immediately picking up the phone when you hear an email pop up in your inbox, you need to break this attachment if you want to get a good night’s rest. Leave it on the kitchen counter or on your entranceway table so you can grab it on the way out the door in the morning.

Move the big-screen TV out of the bedroom

Hate to break it to you, but your girlfriend was right — the bedroom is not the ideal spot for yet another big-screen TV. Your bed and bedroom should be associated with rest and sleep and not other activities that distract you from sleep (with the exception of getting busy between the sheets, of course). Move that LCD into the basement or living room so your bedroom can become the restful sanctuary it should be.

Invest in a new mattress

If the issue with getting a night of zzz’s is an issue because your girlfriend has insomnia and tosses and turns, which in turn wakes you up, relax because there is a solution that doesn’t call for kicking her out of bed. if it’s been awhile since your last mattress purchase, splurge on a new one. A new mattress with good support will be more stable so you won’t notice her middle of the night writhing about. Plus, if you have the space, get a king-sized bed so you can each have more space.

Put down the nightcap

If enjoying an alcoholic beverage or two in the evening is a regular part of your routine, you should know that your drinking habit is likely contributing to your poor sleep. A new study has found that the timing of your drinks plays a role in how it affects you.When consumed in the evening and before bedtime, alcohol is particulary stimulating when compared to drinking at other times of the day, says a study conducted at Brown University.

Control your sweet tooth

You know you shouldn’t sip coffee or tea thanks to its caffeine content, but even eating chocolate could contain enough caffeine to keep you awake. A small square of of chocolate after dinner to satisfy your craving for a sweet should be fine, but any more than that and you risk getting a buzz that’ll keep you wide awake.

Karen Kwan

Karen Kwan is a freelance writer based in Toronto. Her work has appeared in Flare, Elle Canada and ElleCanada.com, Glow, Metro, Huffington Post Canada, Travelife and Travel + Escape. She also runs her blog, HealthandSwellness.com, where she writes about health, beauty, fitness and lifestyle.

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