5 Tips for a Restful Sleep

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Dr. Purushothaman
January 9, 2014

Do you find yourself feeling sluggish throughout the day because of lack of sleep? Or maybe you did sleep but you discover that you are still tired and worn out instead of feeling refreshed and rested. You are not alone, there are millions of people all over the world who toss and turn at night trying to get enough rest.
There may be a lot of factors that contribute to your lack of sleep. Perhaps you're stressed about an issue at work, or maybe some issues with your family and other relationship. You may not have any control about these factors that cause you to lose sleep, but don't worry, there are some things you can do have a more restful sleep.
Get comfortable in your sleep environment
It helps if you turn your bedroom into an ideal place for sleeping. If you've been sleeping on the same mattress for the past 10 years, it's time for you to get a new one. If your bedroom has large windows, consider buying curtains that are dark colored or made of heavy fabric. If you have a pet, don't let them sleep in your bedroom so they won't wake you up at night. And as much as possible, do not put a TV, or a computer inside your bedroom.
Set a schedule
You can help your body adjust to an internal clock if you make a habit of sleeping and getting up at the same time each day. Yes! Every day, even during weekends, or even holidays. This will get your body's sleep-wake cycle in its natural rhythm. Consistency is essential for this to be successful.
Limit your nap time
This may be the culprit to your restless sleep at night. Try to limit your nap time to less than an hour. If it doesn't make any difference, and you still find yourself waking up in the middle of the night, then avoid having naps altogether.
Have a pre-bedtime routine
Do something before going to bed that truly relaxes you. Why not take a soothing bath, or read a good book. Some people find that doing light exercise like stretching helps them to sleep faster. Find the activity that works for you.
Cut back on your caffeine
Caffeine is a stimulant, and can cause sleep problems hours after you’ve ingested it. If you cannot avoid caffeine altogether, just limit your overall intake, and try not to drink caffeinated drinks after lunch, better yet, just get a decaf.
Exercise regularly
Including a daily physical activity in your daily routine may help you have a more restful and deep sleep. Just try not to exercise too close to your bedtime because you might feel more alert and energized.
There are so many more ways to get that restful sleep that you want. Try them and see which ones will be best for you. Sweet dreams!

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