How to Sleep Well

Adequate sleep is important to maintain good health. Sleep allows the body to recharge and to rebuild after a whole day of activity which can sometimes make it feel tired and fatigued.

Inadequate sleep can rob the body of the time that it needs to repair and rebuild itself. Prolonged inadequate sleep cycles can therefore affect one’s health and may lead to the development of other ailments and diseases. Here are some tips that can help you get much needed sleep when you really need it.

Go to Bed Early

Most of our bodily systems usually begin the rebuilding process from 11 pm to 1 am. The process starts while you are sleeping.

But when still awake during this time the process such as the dumping of toxins is somehow delayed, affecting the entire system. This can cause serious disruptions which can lead to poor health. Sleeping early makes it possible for the bodily processes to go on as scheduled.

Avoid Bedtime Snacks

Eating before bedtime can cause the body to work overtime. High sugar snacks before bedtime can elevate blood sugar level and inhibit sleep.

In case you do sleep even after snacking, the sudden dip in the blood sugar level that follows might wake you up and then prevent you from falling back to sleep. Avoiding sudden sugar level spikes before bedtime can help you sleep better at night.

Avoid Drinking Too Much Liquid Before Sleeping

Drinking too much liquid such as water before you go to sleep can cause your bladder to fill up. This may cause you to feel the need to go to the bathroom to urinate and disturb your sleep. In order to avoid this, try to avoid drinking any liquids within 2 hours before going to bed.

Avoid Caffeine And Alcohol

Caffeine is a stimulant and can keep you awake. If taken late at night, it may affect the quality of sleep that you are getting by preventing you from feeling sleepy even when you already need to go to bed. In the same way, alcohol should be avoided since it might also affect your sleep quality.

Even though alcohol may make you feel drowsy, the effect is short lived and will tend to wake you up several hours later, usually making it difficult for you to fall back to sleep. Alcohol also prevents your body from going into the deeper sleep stages where the body does most of the rebuilding and repairing process.