Cultivate the Perfect Evening Routine to Avoid Insomnia and Fall Asleep Easier
Napping can make it more difficult to fall asleep at night:
If, after you've thoroughly tested your evening routine and gotten better sleep, you still feel drowsy, you can try adding a power nap to your day, preferably during the early afternoon.
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Don't eat any heavy foods within two hours of bed time.
If you get too hungry as bedtime creeps around, there are a few foods that are okay to eat before bed, and can even help you sleep—like bananas, oatmeal, and whole wheat bread, to name a few.
After you eat, get up and do something a bit more active—even if it's just washing dishes or taking out the trash. It'll avoid that post-meal drowsiness, and it's a great time to have a 10-minute cleaning burst to keep your house looking nice.
Getting in a regular workout can help you sleep better at night, even if your workout takes place in the morning.
Exercise in the afternoon can help deepen shut-eye and cut the time it takes for you to fall into dreamland. But, they caution, vigorous exercise leading up to bedtime can actually have the reverse effects.
So find some time in your day, as long as it isn't in the evening when you can sneak in some activity.
It can be hard not to think about work during the night—especially if you have a big meeting or presentation the next day—but the more prepared you are the day before, the more you'll be able to relax and fall asleep that night.
You want to go to bed at the same time every night, and wake up at the same time every morning—even on weekends.
To find the perfect time to go to sleep, count back 7 and a half hours from the time you usually wake up. This ensures you wake up at the optimal moment during your sleep cycle.
While alcohol may seem like it helps you fall asleep, it won't give you the kind of deep sleep your body needs. If you drink, do it a few hours before you go to bed for a better night's rest.
Your body temperature naturally goes down at night when it's time to sleep.
Two hours before bed, soak in the tub for 20 or 30 minutes. A shower is less effective but can work, as well.
If you find that you've been in bed for 15 minutes and you aren't feeling tired at all, get up and do something else.
Go back to reading that book, or doing something else low-key that won't make your body think it's time to wake up.
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There's no such thing as a single perfect time to take a nap, but a commonly recommended window. For most people, early afternoon is best.
We are biphasic sleepers: we pack in most of our sleep at night, but most people's brains experience a dip in alertness somewhere between 1 and 4 p.m.
It is the state of impaired cognition, grogginess, and disorientation commonly experienced on awakening from sleep.
This is why most experts suggest avoiding naps between 40 and 60 minutes in length.
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Is a naturally occurring hormone controlled by light exposure that helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle.
Your brain secretes more melatonin when it’s dark, making you sleepy, and less when it’s light, making you more alert.
However, many aspects of modern life can alter your body’s production of melatonin and shift your circadian rhythm
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