They say that there’s nothing more refreshing than a good night’s sleep, but if you are someone who tosses and turns, that feels like a bad joke! The truth is that good sleep is essential to your mental, emotional and physical well-being. Whether you’ve been having some trouble drifting off or you just think that your sleep could be better, consider these five tips.
Have a Bite to Eat
While no one is saying that you should load up on the bacon cheeseburgers before you snooze, some foods actually promote more restful sleep than you would think. For example, milk contains trytophan, an amino acid that promotes good rest, and fortified cereal provides your body with complex carbs which will prevent you from getting hungry in the night. If you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night with a gurgling stomach, a little bowl of cereal could be just what you need to stay asleep through the night.
Don’t Read in Bed
Reading yourself to sleep sounds like a great idea, but the motion of your eyes, the association with work, and the connection between your bed and something active is not great for your ability to get some shut eye. Read on the couch and then go to bed when you are ready to snooze. Making your bed a place that is only for sleep will help train your brain to recognize that when you get into bed, it is time to fall asleep. Although it’s comfortable to relax in bed, your habit of reading in bed could be misleading your brain.