The inability to fall or stay asleep can take a serious emotional toll and wreak havoc on your overall health. Here are 4 easy-to-follow tips:
- Tip #1: Place a Dinner Curfew: No Eating 2 Hours Before Bedtime Eat dinner at least 2 hours before bedtime since a late meal will keep your body busy digesting, making it harder to fall asleep. Also, avoid highly acidic and processed foods that can lead to indigestion or reflux and cause you to wake up in the middle of the night.
- Tip #2: Limit Time Spent on Your Cell Phone Electromagnetic radiation from cell phones has been shown to make it harder to enter a deep sleep. Try using a landline in the bedroom if you like to talk to friends or family before you fall asleep, and also keep the phone at least 5 feet away from your bed.
- Tip #3: Turn Down the Temperature and Put on Socks A cool environment will help you sleep better, so turn down the thermostat to about 68 degrees. Also wear socks to bed, which will trick your body into thinking it's hot, which forces your body's core temperature to go down so you can sleep better.
- Tip #4: Soak in a Salt and Soda Bath A hot bath reduces muscle tension to help you sleep better. To create the perfect sleep-inducing bath, add 1 cup of Epsom salts, rich in muscle-soothing magnesium, and 1 cup of baking soda, which has alkaline-balancing effects to soothe the skin.