I know you want a great night’s sleep!! Here are 17 tips to get a great night’s sleep nighttime tips… so you’ll never have to utter the word “I can’t sleep” again.
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I know not everyone falls asleep so easily so these are my top 17 tips to help you get your zzz’s:
- Limit your caffeine. I know I can’t have coffee after 4pm unless I want to stay up til midnight.
- Limit your alcohol. Avoid excessive consumption before bedtime (if you are trying to get a lean body alcohol should not be in your “diet”).
- Quit smoking already! Nicotine is a stimulant…need I give you more reasons to quit because I am sure you know them already.
- Limit television viewing before bed. This one doesn’t seem to bother me unless it’s a thriller type show.
- Lower the thermostat. The body sleeps better in cooler temperatures.
- Take a hot bath 1-2 hours before bed. If you have kids, take the bath whenever you can! 🙂
- Do NOT work in your bed. Consider your bed your private oasis for sleeping, reading and other “extra curricular activities” but not work.
- If you need to nap, do so earlier in the day (if you even need to take one).
- Avoid having a large meal right before bed. I know I don’t like to go to bed starving or wake up hungry in the night, so have a light meal if you need it. Don’t believe that you have to stop eating at 6pm to lose weight. Typically, I will eat at 9:00 or 9:30PM and then go to bed at 10PM without any problems losing weight.
- Block out additional light and noise. If you aren’t a sound sleeper earplugs or a sleep mask (covers your eyes) will help you get a good night’s sleep.
- After lying down, if you find you are still awake 30 minutes later, get up and do something like read a book, write or even yoga/meditate.
- Use blackout curtains or shades to block light.
- Invest in a good pillow and a comfy mattress.
- Have a reliable alarm. You will never get a good night’s sleep if you are anxious that your alarm will not wake you.
- Prepare all your things you need for the morning the night before. Learn more about creating habits for good night’s sleep here.
- Leave a note pad on your nightstand that way if you do think of something you need to do you can write it down and forget about it until morning.
- Get a great workout in! When you do intense workouts you can’t wait to go to sleep. If you are just starting out, build up the intensity slowly over time.