5 ways to get better sleep!

26th November 2014

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How do I get a good night's sleep?

Our idea of a good's night sleep is one in which you get up by yourself without the help of an alarm and feel fully refreshed and energetic.

So why is it so important to get good quality sleep?

The only time that your body and your mind repair themselves and rejuvenate is when you're sleeping. But it's important to note here that "restful" sleep is the key. Tossing and turning all night or waking up every few hours is not considered restful sleep.

What can you do to get better sleep? Well here are 5 steps to help you out:

1. Don't watch television or listen to the radio before bed - and certainly do not fall asleep with the TV or radio on.

2. Make sure the room is as dark a room as possible - the body is made to sleep when it's dark out - the darker the room the more potential for a deep sleep.

3. Make the room as silent as possible.

4. Don't eat for at least 3 hours before going to bed. When there's undigested food in the stomach, your body is forced to focus on digesting that food rather than being focused on repairing your body and mind.

5. During the day, do 60 minutes of mild exercise. If you don't have time to do 60 minutes in a row, then break it up into 2 - 30 minute sessions, or 3 - 20 minute session, or 6 - 10 minute sessions --- just get a full 60 minutes in. The best exercise when talking about general health and preparing your body for a great night's sleep is walking.