At TruVision Health, we understand that true health is about much more than just what you eat or how much you exercise. It’s about more than how much you weigh or what you think you look like. Living a healthy lifestyle means adopting better habits in every aspect of your existence, and perhaps no aspect is as important to the big picture than quality sleep.
Even if your busy, hectic schedule doesn’t allow for a full eight hours of sleep every night, there are plenty of simple strategies to improve the quality of the sleep you get. Follow these tips, and you might be amazed at the snowball effect it has on your physical and mental sense of well-being.
Establish a Routine
Just as you would do with a small child to get them to sleep better, it can be helpful to develop a bedtime routine that involves winding down and hitting the pillow around the same time every night.
Start with eating dinner earlier, at least 90 minutes before bedtime. Limit the amount of television you watch in the evening, or choose lighter reading material so you don’t go to bed overstimulated. However you choose to relax and prepare to get your Z’s, make a habit of it. Train your body to ease into sleep mode the same way every night.
The proper bedroom environment is crucial to good sleep, and studies have shown that cooler temperatures help calm the body and help you stay asleep once you make it to dreamland.
In addition to regulating the bedroom temperature, minimize the amount of light in the room by closing doors and installing “blackout” curtains over the windows. Don’t forget to set your alarm, though, because you might just sleep too soundly in that environment!
No Caffeine After Lunch
We understand how difficult it would be to give up your morning coffee, and for some of you, it might seem near impossible. It’s OK to indulge that need for caffeine to wake up your body and mind and give you that little extra boost, for your workout and work day. Overall, though, if you’re trying to get better sleep at night, we’d recommend trying to reduce the amount of caffeine you consume during the day.
Caffeine, as you know, is a stimulant, but you might not be aware that it stays in your system for up to eight hours. Try cutting out the caffeine in the afternoon and allow your nervous system ample time to calm down before you go to bed. Replace the lunchtime coffee with cold water, which can be just as invigorating.
Skip the Nightcap
Contrary to what you might think, drinking alcohol won’t necessarily help you get a good night’s sleep. You might fall asleep quicker, but because alcohol has been shown to disrupt REM cycles, you’ll likely find yourself waking up frequently and feeling groggy and lethargic the next morning.
Consider a Natural Sleep Supplement
Sometimes, no matter how hard you strive to change your habits in an effort to improve your health, you still need a little bit of help. When it comes to getting better sleep, a nutritional supplement can provide that extra assistance.
If you’re skittish about “taking something” to help you sleep, don’t worry. TruVision’s sleep supplement, truSLUMBER™, like all our products, is made of natural ingredients, and we specifically designed it to be non-habit-forming. In our exclusive blend of chamomile, passion flower, lemon balm extract, and melatonin, we’ve combined some of nature’s most relaxing elements to help you ease into a blissful, restorative slumber that’ll have you bouncing out of bed in the morning and ready to tackle whatever life has in store.
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