I am not sleeping very well at the moment. I am waking in the night and then finding it
So I am on a mission this coming week to fix my own sleep issues.
Here is what I know works - I just need to apply it!
Exercise for at least 30 minutes four times a week - this not only enhances a sense of well-being (which generally helps you sleep better) but also naturally physically tires you out and assists in getting a deeper sleep.
Get an early night at least three times a week (9.30pm). The sleep before midnight is worth more than the sleep after midnight. Your liver function operates much more efficiently if you are resting in the evening, so you wake up with more energy.
Drink two litres of water a day - and drink as much water as you can as early as possible. If you can drink at least 6 out of the 8 glasses before lunch, so much the better - this really flushes your system of toxins. In turn, the next night’s sleep will be better.
A healthy balanced diet that consists of lean meats, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables will always be the ideal diet. Everything in moderation is the key. But be wary of what you are eating after 6.30pm. In an ideal world, your evening meal should be finished by this time.
Of course, a little snack in the evening is normal - and by choosing the right kind of evening snacks, you can actually help your sleeping patterns. Choose foods that contain either the amino acid tryptophan, or foods that naturally contain niacin (one of the nutrients contained within the vitamin B group of vitamins.)
Examples of ideal evening snacks are:
Warm Milk and honey
A small handful of peanuts or almonds or cashews, or a slice of wholemeal toast spread with peanut butter
Foods to avoid - chocolate – sorry!
Drinks to avoid - anything containing caffeine - so no coffee, tea or cola. (Herbal tea such as peppermint or chamomile is an ideal replacement.)
So tell me - what are YOUR best sleep tips?