Six Steps to Better Sleep

Many people struggle with getting a good night’s sleep.  While eight hours is the recommended amount each night, it can be difficult to reach that when the worries of the day cloud your mind.  Here are six tips you should follow to help get a fully night’s rest. 

  1. 1.       Exercise.  If you work out for 30 minutes at least three times a week, you will increase your deep sleep phases.  This exercise is best done in the morning or afternoon since activity too late in the day may stimulate your body too much and make it difficult to fall asleep.
  2. 2.       Eat Well.  Getting the right amount of nutrients through a well-balanced diet keeps your body healthy and allows it to better rest, repair, and rejuvenate.
  3. 3.       RELAX.  The production of stress hormones in your body hinders sleep.  Leaving the stresses of the day behind can be challenging, but it is imperative that you do so.  We’d suggest listening to our Dream hypnosis MP3 to help you relax and drift off to sleep.
  4. 4.       SET THE STAGE FOR SLEEP.  Your bedroom should be a place of rest, not work.  Don’t perform work from your bed, which sends your body mixed signals about the purpose of the room.  Make sure you have everything you need to make yourself comfortable – a good mattress, silence, darkness, and proper ventilation. 
  5. 5.       SET A BED TIME.  Once you get your body into a rhythm of a consistent sleep pattern, you’ll find it much easier to fall sleep and wake up.  Variable times make it difficult for your body to know when it is time to rest.
  6. 6.       FOLLOW A BEDTIME RITUAL.  Whether it be a warm bath, spraying your bedding with lavender scent, drinking warm milk, or listening to relaxing music, setting a ritual and following the exact order each evening lets your body know it is time to rest.

By following these suggestions, you’ll not only sleep better, but feel more energized throughout the day.  Creativity will flow more easily, your mood will be improved, and you will enjoy your day more.  We’d love to hear your comments after you’ve followed these tips for a few weeks. You can share them via email, Facebook, or Twitter!