July 9, 2013

Trouble Sleeping: Here’s 5 Things You Can Do to Sleep Better at Night

Filed under: Boomer,Seniors — seniorlivingguide @ 3:24 pm

Courtesy of Kathrine Kreger [kathrinekreger@gmail.com]

Do you constantly find that you have trouble sleeping at night? Whether you have a hard time getting to sleep, staying asleep, or anything in between, the good news is that there are some simple steps you can take to improve your overall quality of sleep. And this is important, especially considering the average adult human needs at least eight hours of sleep per night in order to awake well-rested and ready to take on the day. If you are having trouble sleeping, read on to find out what you can try as a way of solving this problem.

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One of the biggest contributors to a poor night of sleep is having a bad mattress. Your current mattress may be too firm or too soft, which can lead to back and neck pain and thus make it difficult to sleep comfortably. If you find that you wake up feeling not only tired but sore, then it may be time to buy a new mattress. Be sure to test out various mattresses before buying a new one to make sure that it is right for your back.

Keep Your Room Comfortable

A lot of times, a room that is too hot or too cold can make it extremely uncomfortable and difficult to sleep. Therefore, if you have trouble getting to sleep or constantly find that you are waking up in a sweat, then it may be time to invest in a new air conditioner. Consider picking up an air conditioning guide to find out more about local businesses that specialize in installing air conditioning in Utah, and be sure to shop around for the best deal.

Avoid Eating Right Before Bed

It is best to eat your last meal of the day at least three hours before you intend to go to bed. Otherwise, you could end up eating something that upsets your stomach and this could make it difficult to sleep. If you often find it hard to sleep due to stomach problems, consider eating dinner earlier.

Exercise Before Bed

If you often feel restless when you lie down to go to sleep, consider taking on a light exercise routine that will tire you out before bed. Go for a walk around the block, jog on a treadmill, or take up yoga as a way of tiring yourself out before it is time to try to go to sleep.

Avoid Caffeine Before Bed

Finally, if you like caffeine, make sure that you stop drinking it at least four hours before bed time. Otherwise, you may find yourself on edge when you try to lie down and go to sleep at night. Caffeine is designed to awaken the body, which can be counterproductive to a good night of sleep. If you simply must have a cup of coffee before bed, consider going with decaf.

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