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Tricks to Beat Insomnia and Get Good Sleep Every Night

Avoid High-Fat Dinners! There are many things that can affect your sleep quality, and a huge dinner is one of them. If you ever had a… Simi - November 1, 2017

Avoid High-Fat Dinners!

There are many things that can affect your sleep quality, and a huge dinner is one of them. If you ever had a holiday dinner with your family, you will remember the hard night afterward. A high fat, together with low fiber dinner will directly affect your sleep. The Chinese International Journal of Obesity confirmed back in 2008 that in China, those who slept an average of 7 hours were also the same who ate more fat in their meals, while explaining that those who ate healthier meals would sleep 7 to 9 hours.

This study made the connection between fat and the shortness of a night of sleep. Another study published in 2016 in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, established the link with other facts such as low fibre and high sugar intake. The best way to sleep better is to have light and healthy dinners. Every now and then, it is alright to give yourself a nice cheat dinner or a party. However, for your normal day-to-day health, the best way forward is with high fiber, low fat, and high protein dinners. Avoiding sugars is another excellent way to sleep better. Sugar is arousing and will keep your body going for hours, which is the opposite of what your mind wants.

We suggest having light dinners 2-3 hours before bedtime. Avoid it consuming around your perfect sleeping time. This will give your body the necessary time to digest and process the nutrients without leaving the hard digestion process to a sleepy body. Your metabolism will also improve by following these suggestions. A stable and healthy diet will most certainly help you to sleep better in no time!

Regulate your Bedroom’s Light and Temperature!

Our body is programmed in such a way that it relates darkness to sleeping. This is the reason why it can resist very hard to sleep in bright places or during the day. The perfect bedroom to sleep better in is one that is dark and has a balanced temperature. The hormone that is in charge of causing our sleep is called melatonin. It is released by the pineal gland and will lower your body temperature while causing sleepiness.

Even the slightest light will disrupt the production of melatonin. This means even cell phones or computers will stop or diminish the production of melatonin, which will affect your overall sleep quality. Because of what we explained above, if your body sees light in any form, it will consider that day has arrived and during the day your body is not supposed to be sleeping. With a lower production of melatonin, your body won’t rest properly, and you will find it hard to fall asleep, or even wake up several times during the night.

To sleep better, make sure to keep your room dark and quiet during the night. To stop streetlights from entering, use curtains or shades on your windows. Noise will also affect your sleep. If you have a sleeping partner who snores or a clock in the bedroom, those noises may affect your sleep. We suggest the use of earplugs to solve this issue.

To sleep better, your bedroom needs to be at an average temperature of 18 degrees Celsius (65 degrees Fahrenheit). If your bedroom is too warm or too cold, your REM sleep will be affected, and you will wake up either shaking from cold or sweating from the heat. Even the slightest modification in your bedroom temperature can either make your sleep better or worse.

Routine

Any young parent with a baby will be able to testify to the fact that sleep became a commodity more valuable than gold. They will be able to tell you that the saying ‘sleeping like a baby’ is one of the worst expressions ever. That the person who came up with it should try and sleep for only two hours at a time and scream the other hours in-between. They will also be able to tell you about the time that they discovered routine and how it became the beacon of hope that illuminated the path to a full night’s sleep.

Babies don’t have any other way of telling you that they are tired, the only tool they have at their disposal is a voice, a voice that will scream until its needs are met. This does not mean that babies are unintelligent; on the contrary, they soak up every little detail of life and learn much faster than an adult. Therefore, one must establish a sleeping routine with them as soon as possible. It creates a pattern, which in turn makes the baby feel relaxed and secure in the knowing of what comes next.

So what’s the difference between babies and adults? Nothing really. Our brains work the same as adults as when we were babies. The only problem is that we tend to over-stimulate our brains and this leads to sleep disturbances.

In creating bedtime routines as an adult, you program your brain to go into sleep mode. The key is to find something that you can do 30-60 minutes before you intend to go to sleep so that you can relax and begin to shut down. This will differ from person to person, but establishing that routine will help you sleep like the dead.

Bring changes in your lifestyle!

This is probably one of the best and most obvious ways to improve the quality of your sleep. There is a strong connection between the quality of your bed and the quality of your sleep. The better the bed, the better your chances are at having a good night’s rest.

Many people tend to neglect their mattresses and end up using the same mattress for an extended period, so much so that it loses the initial support that was good for sleeping posture. It results in back and neck pain at bad night’s sleep. If you can’t afford a new mattress, you should regularly rotate and flip it so that the wear is not concentrated in one spot.

Apart from your bed, your bedroom itself needs to be conducive to sleep. A cluttered and untidy bedroom has been known to disturb sleep. This is because a cluttered room looks busy and this causes the brain to be stimulated and results in poor sleep quality. The National Sleep Foundation found that people who make their beds in the morning are 19% more likely to have a good night’s rest.

Once the mess is cleared up, you need to work on the temperature. Trying to sleep in room that is too hot is like taking a jog. As your body heats up, it also kicks into temperature regulation mode. This mean that your body actively tries various strategies to try and cool itself down. That is an amazing little feature when you are actually exercising, but not so much when you are trying to get some desperately needed sleep. There are a number of different ways you can cool the temperature of your room. Ranging from fully automated climate control systems, to putting your comforter in the freezer, it all just depends on your budget really.

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