Things to avoid if you want a good night sleep

Sleep deprivation is the cause of many health problems and can affect your overall mental, physical and emotional well being. Getting adequate sleep is essential in being able to effectively problem solve and stay productive. If you are having difficulty getting to sleep at night, you may have developed habits that can interfere with getting a good night’s sleep.

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What you do in the few hours before you hit the sack can keep you awake, tossing and turning until the wee hours of the morning. Eliminating these few habits can help you get the rest you need to be at your best every morning.

Stay off the computer before bedtime. The brightness of the screen will stimulate your brain and make it hard to fall asleep. You may be in the habit of checking emails or your Facebook before going to bed, but it’s a habit that can keep you up at night.  Avoid bringing books to bed as well. If you are going to read before bed, do it in a different room, that way you don’t condition your brain to think you need to read before falling asleep at night.

Don’t exercise before bedtime, it gets your blood pumping and elevates your body temperature. Make sure your bedroom is completely dark, even the lights from your digital alarm clock can keep you awake. If you can’t fall asleep, don’t lay there tossing and turning, trying to force yourself to sleep, it won’t work. Instead, get up and do something boring until you get sleepy.

Do your best to keep the couple of hours before bedtime mellow and low in stimulation. Avoid caffeine, the computer, exercise and keep your room dark. Invest in a good mattress, it’s worth it. Getting enough rest is essential for your health and well-being.

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