Trouble sleeping? That’s alright; our ability to sleep for seven or eight hours a night decreases with age. Here are five ways to get the most out of those hours you actually have.
1. KEEP REGULAR SLEEPING TIMES
Having a proper sleep schedule helps to reduce your level of insomnia. Afternoon naps and sleeping in may also interrupt your nightly fix. Analyse your sleeping pattern and train your body to wake up and go to bed at a fixed time.
2. GET RID OF ALCOHOL, CAFFEINE AND NICOTINE
The effects of caffeine can last several hours and can affect your sleeping pattern as well. Caffeine will also cause you to wake up frequently while alcohol provides a non-restful night’s sleep.
3. AVOID USING ELECTRICAL GADGETS OR HAVING THE LIGHTS ON
Rays from electrical gadgets can affect your circadian clock – your in-built system that helps your body
differentiate between night and day. Put away all electrical gadgets and dim the lights one hour before turning in.
4. EXERCISE REGULARLY
Research has proven that light aerobic exercises help reduce anxiety. Try doing light exercises four to five hours before your bedtime. This will help you fall asleep more easily.
5. CREATE A COMFORTABLE ENVIRONMENT
The bedroom plays an important role. A cool temperature, light music and even a calming scent in your bedroom could help you sleep better. Lavender scented oils are known to induce relaxation, reducing your heartbeat and causing you to relax and sleep better.