How To Sleep Better: 5 Ways To Get A Good Night’s Sleep

Constantly getting a good night’s sleep is an essential part of a healthy and happy lifestyle.

Since I started using the Jawbone Up to track my sleep, I’ve started to pay more attention to what influences the quality and quantity of sleep I’m getting each night.

We’re all individuals and what works for me, may not also be the perfect solution for you. However, by experimenting with your own routines and learning to avoid common enemies of sleep, you can easily find out what works best for you.

5 ways to help improve your sleep:

(And start to work out your perfect sleeping routines)

1. Avoid caffeine

Caffeine is a stimulant that can keep you awake whilst its commonly know to be found in coffee, caffeine is also found in tea, chocolate, cola, and some pain relievers. For the best night’s sleep, caffeine should be avoided for four – six hours before you go to bed.

2. Set a regular bedtime

Going to bed at the same time every night is a great way to help your body settle into a regular sleep pattern. Choose a time when you usually start to feel tired and try to make that your consistent bedtime. This will help you avoid tossing and turing to get to sleep at a time when you’re body is not necessarily ready for bed.

3. Don’t watch the clock

We’re all guilty of this one, I’m sure. I know I have certainly done this many times when trying to get to sleep.

Staring at a clock in your bedroom or your mobile phone, either when you are trying to fall asleep or when you wake in the middle of the night, can actually increase stress, making it harder to fall asleep.

4. Establish a routine

Settle down with some relaxing activities an hour or so before you go to bed; read a book, take a bath (the rise, then fall in body temperature promotes drowsiness), go for a walk or listen to some relaxing music.

Try to avoid the temptation to do some work, check emails or any stressful activities before you get into bed.

5. Be smart with evening meals

Try to finish your dinner a few hours ahead of going to bed. Eating a large meal right before bed time can make it difficult to get off to sleep. If you need a snack, try something light and something that in your experience won’t disturb your sleep.

Bonus: Follow through

Sleep can be easy to ignore and put off. If you’re looking for a happier, healthier lifestyle and want to improve the quantity and quality of your sleep, make sure you follow through with it.

What are your top tips for a good night’s sleep?