Ah, the good old days. Remember them? When you could sleep half the day away without a care in the world. Now you are older, busier and never seem to get a good night’s sleep.
You keep talking about making sleep a priority. Now it’s time to take action. Follow these tips to improve your sleep.
- Caffeine – Reduce or minimize the amount of caffeine you drink each day. While you may not think caffeine impacts your sleep, once you go cold turkey you will notice that you wake up each day feeling better. Caffeine does, and will impact the quality of your sleep.
- Unplug – Noise will raise stress levels. Unplug from all electronic devices – TV, iPod, etc, for at least 60 to 90 minutes before bed each night. Read a book or surf the web instead.
- Habit – Create a habit. Force yourself to go to bed at the same time every night. There are the same number of hours in the day either way. Staying up later isn’t squeezing more out of life, it is merely creating more fatigue.
- Sanctuary – Make a sleep sanctuary. Create a very dark and cool room, and provide some nice ambient background sounds – possibly the hum of a fan.
Have these suggestions helped improve your sleep? Let us know in the comments section below.