Tossing and turning all night? Maybe it’s time to take a look at your sleep routine.
Stop Snacking in Bed
Chowing down in bed is not great for getting quality sleep at night. “Eating in the bedroom, especially right before bedtime can be very disruptive to sleep,” according to sleep expert Robert I. Danoff, DO, family physician and program director of Aria Health System. Snacks that are filled with salt have the potential to make you drink too many fluids before bed, ultimately causing extra trips to the bathroom. Additionally, any caffeine before bed can make you feel anxious or jittery. Finally, eating before bed is one of the many habits that can lead to weight gain. So save the snacks for tomorrow if you are trying to lose weight.
Listen to These Grownup Lullabies
Maybe your parents couldn’t carry a tune, but you have to admit that a lullaby is a soothing way to get to sleep. Your parents knew then, what Mindlab International recently discovered: that certain kinds of music can help you sleep by promoting calm and relaxation. Researchers in Hong Kong recently found out that people who listened to music with a certain tempo of about 60 to 80 beats per minute for 30 to 45 minutes before bed every night for three months fell asleep more quickly, slept more deeply, and felt better in the morning. There are tons of apps in the app store that can help provide the tunes you need to get to sleep faster, stay asleep longer, and wake up feeling refreshed.