Studies show that sleep deprivation never fails to cause stress, and if you aren’t sleeping adequately, you’ll probably have trouble relaxing. Persons sleeping six hours or less a night feel significant amounts of stress compared to those sleeping eight hours or more. Our bodies need sleep for many reasons, but you will guarantee yourself an increased amount of stress if you aren’t getting enough sleep.
Have trouble sleeping? Try these tips below before resorting to prescription sleep aids. If you’re still unable to get a good night’s sleep, consult a physician.
Reduce caffeine intake. Try not to drink or eat anything with caffeine after 2 pm.
No heavy meals 3-4 hours before bedtime.
No TV in the bedroom, and limit TV (or computer) time before bedtime.
Drink a glass of warm milk before bedtime. Milk contains tryptophan (like turkey), inducing sleepiness.
Take a warm (not hot) bath or shower shortly before bedtime.
Develop a bedtime routine. Go to bed around the same time each night, and try to wake around the same time each morning.
Use lavender oil in a diffuser in the bedroom, or spray lavender oil mixed with water onto pillows and bedding.
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