Most of us have experienced bouts of insomnia that make it difficult to get up in the morning. But for some people, waking up throughout the night is a continuous problem. Here are a few suggestions for improving your sleep and giving yourself more energy in the morning:
- Shut off all electronics at least one hour before bed. Studies have shown that electronics keep the mind active longer than other forms of mental stimulation.
- Do a sleep hygiene assessment on your home. Do you have blackout drapes? Are all LED and other small lights turned off or covered? Do you have a source of white noise, like a fan? Is your pillow and bedding comfortable? Do you need a new mattress?
- Exercise vigorously during the day, but not within two hours of bedtime. Take a walk after dinner to help with digestion, which can also keep you somewhat awake.
- Don’t load up on carbohydrates at or after dinner. Digesting carbohydrates tends to spike the energy in your body.
- Sit up and read a book in bed until you start to feel sleepy. Don’t push past the sleepiness. Instead, put the book down and turn off the light.
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