We all know that getting a good night’s sleep is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In fact, not getting enough sleep can be harmful to your health.
If you have trouble sleeping, develop the following 7 habits to get yourself back on track:
- Stop worrying about not sleeping. Don’t go to bed unless you’re sleepy. If you have trouble sleeping, try going to bed later or getting up earlier. In several days. you’ll become sleepy enough and you can get into a good sleep routine. If you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back to sleep, get out of bed and return only when you’re sleepy.
- Get up at the same time every morning, even after a bad night’s sleep. The next night, you’ll be sleepy at bedtime.
- Avoid associating the bed with various worrying things. Don’t watch TV, read scary books, or do other things in bed besides sleeping. If you worry, read thrillers, or watch TV, don’t do it in the bedroom or in a bed.
- Do not drink or eat anything caffeinated within 6 hours of bedtime.
- Avoid alcohol. Although it may relax you at first, you’ll wake up when it clears your system — and this can happen in the middle of the night.
- Spend time outdoors. People exposed to daylight or bright light therapy sleep better.
- Don’t take sleeping pills. Taking sleeping pills can get you addicted, and if that happens you can sleep only by taking sleeping pills.