You toss and turn and even blame your pillow for the reason that you can’t sleep. But what if it’s something you did before you went to bed that’s keeping you up?
Run through this short list of nighttime no-no’s to help make sure you always have a good night’s sleep.
1. Your electronic devices. The light and EMR from your phone, TV, iPad, or e-reader can keep your body from producing melatonin. This is what makes you sleepy.
Unplug at least a 1/2 hour before you start getting ready for bed. And for best results, address the EMR that is being emitted from your electronic devices.
2. Coffee. Caffeine stays in your system for almost 12 hours, so avoid it
late in the day or better yet, avoid it all together. But if you really want that nightcap, go for an herbal tea that includes sleep-promoting herbs.
3. Your medication. Check the instructions on any daily medications and supplements for the best time to take them. Some medications keep you alert after you take them and shouldn’t be taken right before bed.
4. Your thoughts. Yes, your thoughts have a lot to do with how well you sleep. As you lay down at night focus your thoughts on all of your blessings and the good in your life. It's best to avoid doing anything that will create unhappy or stressful thoughts/feelings. One rule of mine is to never open mail before bedtime. Sometimes things come in the mail that can cause distress, especially if you can't call to resolve it right then. So the best thing to do is wait and deal with it in the morning when you're calm and refreshed.
Use these four simple tips to help get a good night’s sleep.
Bonnie Ellen :)