Trouble Sleeping? Try These Tips For a Good Night Sleep [VIDEO]
I'm pretty lucky, at least when it comes to sleeping. I don't have a problem falling asleep, but I know a ton of people who do, including my husband.
Here is a great video with some helpful tips to let you have a good night sleep. I must admit, I'm not a good nap taker so the 'caffeine nap' described on the video is one I just might have to try.
For me, a nap isn't a nap unless it's at least two to four hours. Okay, yes, that sounds more like a full night of sleep to some, but not me. Seems to me, my problem isn't with falling asleep. It's with waking up! This video covers that, too.
Below are some great tricks from the Huffington Post:
1. Set an alarm to go to bed.
If you find yourself consistently wishing you had hit the hay earlier but staying on track with a calming bedtime routine is virtually impossible for you, consider setting yourself an alarm -- to go to bed.
2. Resist the urge to snooze.
Sleep caught between soundings of that alarm is just not high-quality sleep. The snooze button often disturbs REM sleep, which can make us feel groggier than when we wake up during other stages of sleep. You don't have to launch out of bed in the morning, but setting the alarm for a slightly later time and skipping a snooze cycle or two could bring big benefits.
3. Go easy on the alcohol before bed.
While that nightcap really can make it feel easier to fall asleep, when your buzz wears off later in the night, you're more likely to wake up frequently.
4. Slip on some socks.
Some people have the unlucky lot in life of colder-than-comfortable extremities. Buthaving warm hands and feet seems to predict how quickly you'll fall asleep, according to a 1999 study. Speed up the process by pulling on a pair of clean socks before climbing into bed.
5. Keep your bedroom dark.
Even the most inconspicuous glow -- like that from a digital alarm clock -- can disrupt your shut-eye. If you can't seal up all the light sources in your room, consider using a comfy eye-mask.
6. Keep it cool.
Temperature in the bedroom is a little bit of a Goldilocks situation: A room that's too hot and a room that's too cold can both mess with your sleep. Aim for somewhere between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit, Dr. Christopher Winter, M.D., wrote in a HuffPost blog.
7. Power down an hour before bed.
Dim the lights and turn off all your devices -- smartphones, laptops, TVs, all of which belong outside the bedroom -- about 60 minutes before bedtime. Bright light is one of the biggest triggers to our brains that it’s time to be awake and alert, so start sending the opposite signal early.