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IN Health & Fitness ON 31 Oct, 2015
The overall health of a being relies largely on his sleep habits. Therefore, we tell you 13 Not-to-Dos before you hit the sack !
In order to train the mind to fall asleep at the appropriate time, try following a consistent schedule as to when to go to the bed.
Drink water until half an hour before sleeping, and refrain from doing so after that. Drinking water just before bed, is likely to make you rush to the bathroom in the middle of your sleep.
Spend an hour before the bed without gadgets. The bright screens tend to stimulate your brain, and make it difficult to fall asleep.
If at all you can't do it without reading a bit, don't do it. Never restrain yourself to not read before sleeping. Try reading early at night and most importantly, do not read in bed !
Keep your room as dark as possible. A glowing alarm screen is as good a distraction as a screen.
A high-quality mattress is worth its cost, always. The mattresses keep you comfortable, and some even have moisture-sucking properties to keep you cool.
We recommend you to eat before two hours of sleep. When you eat and don't give your stomach the time to digest, it will work while you sleep and keep you up as well.
Exercising keeps you energized for hours. So, working out before sleeping isn't a good idea.
If your feet are cold in bed, try a pair of socks to improve blood circulation and lull you to sleep.
Following a simple routine of brushing the teeth and washing the face, can signal your mind of your intentions. In a few days, your mind will be trained to understand these signs.
Caffeine is a stimulant that speeds up your heart beat and can prevent you from sleeping. So, shun it immediately, or switch to decaf.
If you've been trying to sleep for more than 30 minutes, don't start counting the sheep now ! The National Sleep Foundation recommends getting out of bed and doing some mundane job such as balancing a checkbook.
The best position to sleep in is said to be the 'Sleeping Beauty' position on the side, and not on the back or stomach, since the latter may lead to strains and prove to be detrimental.
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