Do you have difficulty falling asleep? Do you wake up multiple times in the middle of the night? Do you sleep for many hours AND still wake up in the morning feeling tired?
What if you could sleep through the night and wake up feeling rested and rejuvenated?
There are some things you could do to make your sleep more restful. Here are five common reasons why your sleep is not restful and what you can do about that:
- A full stomach
When the stomach is full, it creates tension in the body and makes it more difficult to fall asleep. It might also cause acid reflex.It’s better to eat dinner at least 3 hours before bedtime to give your body time to digest.
- Too much screen time
Any light at night disturbs the body’s circadian rhythm – its biological clock for falling asleep. The blue light emitted from electronic devices like phones, tablets, and computer monitors, is the worst of them all.At night, try limit the amount of time you spend in front of those screens and cut off all electronics one or two hours before bedtime.
- Clutter in your bedroom
A messy bedroom works against a peaceful night’s sleep. Even when we are used to a pile of laundry here and a pile of books there, clutter in the bedroom is not conducive to relaxation.Clean out the clutter. Put away the books, jewelry, and laundry. Think about the spa experience that you’d like to have.
- A busy mind
A humming mind does not want to go to sleep. It will try to finish the argument you had with someone at work, or plan the birthday party that’s coming up in two weeks.Create a to-do list with all your tasks. Have post-it notes around the house so you can jot down items as they come up. Write down any unfinished conversations with people in a journal and leave them there. (When you’re done, close the journal and say to the other person, “I’m giving both of us permission to move on and rest now”.)
- Toxins in the body Too many toxins in the body causes undue stress to your internal organs. This in turn causes you to have shallow sleep or bouts of waking up in the middle of the night. The liver is the main organ dealing with the toxins entering the body. It is most active from 11pm to 3am. When its workload is reasonable, you can sleep through the night. When it’s too taxed, you will wake up in the middle of the night, maybe multiple times.Start by cleaning up your diet. Eat less fried food and less processed food, like white bread and table salt. Eat healthier. Learn how to manage your stress.
What actions are you going to take for a better night’s sleep? Share them with me below.