Have you been suffering from mood swings? Do you feel worn out? You probably aren’t getting enough sleep. Although pressures at work or at home often add stressors that may affect your nightly slumber, getting enough sleep is critical to your overall health. I came across these tips that may be able to help even the most stressed of insomniacs. Keeping these in mind could aid in your efforts to get your body back on track.

1) Pick a schedule and stick to it. Going to bed and getting up at the same time every day will program your body to get the sleep it needs. If sleep doesn’t come within 15 minutes, get up and do something relaxing like reading a book. Agonizing over not falling asleep will get you nowhere.

2) Eating better foods at the right times can help your sleep pattern. Avoid going to bed super hungry or stuffed. Avoid coffee, cigarettes and alcohol past a certain time. All of these can interrupt an otherwise peaceful sleep.

3) Create a bedtime ritual for yourself. Whether it’s a warm bath, an hour of reading, or a little TV in bed with the lights off, doing the same ritual every night tells your body that it’s time to go to bed.

4) Include physical activity throughout your day. Hit the gym, go for a walk, or do some simple jumping jacks or other at-home exercise. Don’t do it too late at night though or you may find yourself too energized to fall asleep.

Source: Mayo Clinic

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