Healthy habits for better sleep

Do you have the habit of tossing and turning in the middle of the night? Do you wake up too early in the morning and sit simply staring at your sleeping partner? Though you might feel a blanket of solitude all around you during such elongated hours, actually you are not alone. Many millions of people are struggling like you in all parts of the world.

By making certain changes in your daytime habits, you can easily overcome the sleep disorder. Regular exercise that sticks to a set time schedule will provide you wonderful health benefits. Half an hour of physical activity like a bicycle ride or a brisk walk is enough. Exercising late in the evening is not good since it will raise the body temperature. What is needed for deep sleep is a cooler body temperature and so it is advisable not to exercise late in the day.

It is an interesting fact that our body works according to an internally set biological clock. It is this light sensitive clock that regulates our sleep. Light makes the body clock active. As soon as you get up, open the shades or walk through your lawn and get drenched in sun’s warmth.

It is another good idea to avoid napping in between. If you cannot help it, try snoozing for a maximum of half an hour in the early afternoon. Sleep quality will be negatively affected by alcohol, caffeine and nicotine. Caffeine is powerful enough to cause sleep problems up to eleven hours after its intake. Discard alcohol, coffee, tea and cigarettes at least during the last few hours before sleep. Among these harmful addictions, nicotine is the worst enemy of sleep. The trouble it causes to sleep is manifold. Smokers who have the habit of taking a puff or two before bedtime experiences strong nicotine withdrawals late in the night.


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