A regular routine will help you sleep
Go to bed at the same time every day. Simple. Like children, we need routines to tell our bodies when it's time to shut down. Choose a time when you normally feel tired so you don't toss and turn. If you need to change the time, do it slowly over a few nights with 15 minute increments.
Staying in bed too long can make sleep problems worse
Likewise with bedtime, you need a regular time to get out of bed sleepyhead. Try and maintain this even at weekends. If you are getting enough sleep, you should wake naturally without the help of an alarm clock. Adjust your bedtime accordingly.
Having a nap is a good idea
If you have a late night, top up your sleep bank by squeezing in a power nap in the day as opposed to having a lie in. The ideal time to nap is early afternoon and for no more than 30 minutes.
Falling asleep on the sofa is bad for you
A decision to nap is different to just dozing all the time. If you find yourself falling asleep in front of the telly, or worse, at your desk - get up and do something else to wake yourself up. Make a phone call, go for a walk, do that pile of washing - whatever it is, try to stick to your sleep timetable.
Sunlight helps you sleep better at night
Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone to help you regulate your sleep pattern. It is controlled by light exposure and your brain should secrete more during the evening to help you nod off. Help your brain out by getting outside, without sunglasses, in your lunch break or walk into work in the morning.
Make your bedroom a sleep zome
A comfortable bedroom means a cosy night's sleep. Keep the room cool, make sure your bed is roomy with nice clean sheets and keep the noise to a minimum. Your bed should be for sleep and sex only. If you associate it with anything else like working, your body will not get the message that it's time to switch off.
What you have for dinner can affect your sleep patterns
Stay away from big meals in the evening. Don't eat heavy, rich food two hours before bed and fatty foods take a lot of work for your stomach to digest, which will keep you up. Alcohol in the evening will reduce your sleep quality and whilst you might think it will help you to fall asleep, it will probably wake you up in the middle of the night.
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