Sleep is as important to a healthy lifestyle as eating properly and exercising. Studies suggest that not enough sleep (over long periods of time), could increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and depression.
And guess what? A relaxing bath and warm milk really WILL make you sleepy!!
If you're having trouble falling asleep, check out the following tips to help you wind down.
Get into a Routine: I know this is a tough one....especially on the weekends and while on holidays. Experts say try going to bed at the same time every night. Also, try getting up at the same time.
Go No-Tech: All the experts say your bedroom should be reserved for sleep and SEX! So get rid of the TV, cellphones and laptops.
Stop Worrying: If your head is spinning, get up and try doing something calming (like reading)!
Exercise Regularly: Physical exercise done early in the day may promote deeper sleep. Careful of exercise right before bedtime....that can give you an energy spurt!
Use Noise: If you're a light sleeper (studies show women are more prone to this), try a little white noise. A fan (especially in the summer) will help block out traffic noise or a snoring partner.
Getting back to warm milk and relaxing baths....try it before bed. The warm bath will raise your core body temperature (that'll make you sleepy). Dairy products are a good source of tryptophan an amino acid that will help kick starts your body's sleep inducers (melatonin and serotonin).
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