Sleep Well

Written by Christa Gatewood
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Getting a quality night of sleep is essential to a good quality of life. When we don't sleep we are cranky, irritable, lethargic and unproductive. This can affect our lives in the professional sphere as well as the social sphere. The converse is also true. After a good night's sleep, we are energized, articulate, able to concentrate better, and generally have a more positive attitude.

How to Get a Restful Sleep

So, what do you do if you can't sleep and all you have to look forward to is another restless night? There are a few tricks that can help even the worst insomniac find a restful sleep. First, just like a little child, establish a sleep routine that you can commit not to break.

Part of the routine should be to go to bed and wake up every day at the same time. This may be a challenge on the weekends, but your body doesn't know it's a weekend so you must be consistent. Stay away from exercise, alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine for several hours before bed. Create at least a 15-minute ritual that will settle you down at night. This might include having a light snack, taking a hot bath, reading a book or listening to music. Having a ritual will teach your body when it is time to sleep. Don't use your bed for anything but sleeping and sex. You can trick your body into getting sleepy when in bed just like when you go into a bathroom your body knows what to do.

Sometimes people have a hard time sleeping because of external problems. If there is too much light in the room get darker shades. If the mattress is uncomfortable, invest in a new one. If there are unwanted noises that are distracting, buy a white noise machine to block them out. A restful sleep is worth the investment.

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