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6 Tips to Relax and Unwind for a Good Night’s Sleep

6 Tips to Relax and Unwind for a Good Night’s Sleep

John L. Pantera

Getting a good night's sleep is essential to a healthy mind and body. Of course with hectic schedules, kids, and many other distractions, getting enough sleep is easier said than done. Here are some tips on how to fall asleep from the National Sleep Foundation.

1. Keep a Standard Bedtime and Wake Up Time
Yes, even on weekends. Standard bedtimes and wake up times help keep your body's internal clock regulated.

2. Practice a Relaxing Bedtime Ritual
Stress, excitement and anxiety make it tough to fall asleep; try doing an activity that will help you relax and unwind before bed. Make sure the lights are dim to help you relax even more.

3. Avoid Naps, Especially in the Afternoon
A good nap may get you through your busy day, but if you cannot fall asleep at night, you should get rid of your napping routine.

4. Exercise Daily
A good workout will help you sleep better at night. The harder, the better and you can do it at any time of the day – just don’t let it get in the way of your sleep.

5. How’s Your Sleep Environment?
Take a good look at your bedroom. Is it ideal for sleeping? Make it cool — between 60 and 67 degrees. Is there noise? Too much light? Electronic devices within easy reach?

6. Avoid Alcohol, Cigarettes and Heavy Meals
These things can all disrupt your sleep. Eating a big and/or spicy meal can cause indigestion that could keep you up or even wake you up in the middle of the night.

For more tips on how to fall asleep, visit the National Sleep Foundation website.

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