Sleep is very important, but can become difficult the older we get. Here are 5 ways to improve your sleep:
- Get Rid Of Naps: Getting rid of naps can help you sleep better at night. If you are feeling tired during the day – go for a walk, or do a few movements to get your body going, drink a glass water, or use this time to make a phone call to a friend or loved one to catch up. If you must nap – no more than 20 minutes is a good rule of thumb.
- Don’t Stare At the Clock: Do you find yourself looking at the clock every hour? This can cause anxiety about how much time you have before you need to wake up, and then your mind will be racing with thoughts about all the things you need to get done when you “officially wake up.” Turn your clock away from you so you are not constantly starring at it throughout the night.
- Only relax in bed: Don’t surf the internet, play games or watch TV in bed to try and help you fall asleep. This actually gives you too much stimulus before bed and could be keeping you awake. Your room should feel relaxing and be used to read a book and sleep.
- Exercise: exercising regularly helps you sleep better as long as your exercise routine is not too close to bed time.
- Decrease Trips To The Bathroom: don’t drink anything at least 2 hours before bed to help decrease your chance of interrupted sleep with trips to the bathroom. Getting up in the middle of the night can make it hard to fall back asleep.