There is nothing quite like getting a good night’s sleep. You open your eyes in the morning and jump out of bed, feeling completely refreshed and ready to take on the day. But unfortunately, that is not how things usually play out. In reality, you wake up to the sound of your alarm blaring and press snooze five times before begrudgingly pulling yourself out of bed. Your mind is groggy and you spend the day in pain with a stiff neck from the way you slept. Yeah, that’s more like it. But getting a good night’s rest is more important than you probably realize. Not only do you feel better, you’re more focused and productive throughout the day. If you have been experiencing trouble falling asleep or sleeping throughout the night, you need to follow these 5 best tips for a good night’s rest:

1. Don’t Nap

I know, napping is hard to resist. Once the clock strikes 3 pm and that midday fatigue starts to come, it might feel impossible to not close your eyes. “I’ll just take a short nap” you tell yourself, and then two hours later you finally wake up. Just avoid this dilemma all together and don’t nap. Not only is napping disruptful to your day, it will make falling asleep harder at night. Instead of napping, go for a walk or have a healthy energy drink to give you an extra boost. 

2. Change Your Sheets

Getting a good night’s rest is more than just getting yourself mentally tired, you need to get physically tired as well. A good way to get cozy in bed is by changing your pillowcases and sheets. Just imagine getting into bed every night with soft, silky sheets. You would probably fall asleep instantly. If you get hot at night, try using cooling sheets which are breathable and will result in a more comfortable night’s rest. 

3.Take Supplements

If you are really struggling with insomnia and feel like you’ve tried everything, consider taking sleeping supplements. There are many supplements that promote good sleep, like melatonin, magnesium, and lavender. Just make sure to not overdo it as you don’t want your body to get dependent on them.

4. Create a Bedtime Routine

Instead of falling asleep on the couch watching TV and then waking up in the middle of the night and going to bed, create a bedtime routine. Put on some essential oils, dim the lights in your room, and get cozy in your favorite pajamas. And make sure to put your pre-bedtime screen time in check and avoid going on your phone right before bed as the bright light can interrupt your ability to fall asleep. A strict bedtime routine will alert your body and mind that it’s time to sleep.

5. Eat a Well Balanced Diet

The key to a healthy life: getting enough sleep and eating a well-balanced diet. The two just go hand in hand. Certain foods will make it harder for you to fall asleep at night, so instead, fuel your body with nutritious foods that are not only good for you, but improve help ease your body into rest. Foods like almonds, kiwi, and white rice are known to promote good sleep.

Getting enough sleep is an essential part of having a productive life. There is nothing worse than the feeling of waking up knowing you had a terrible night’s rest. Any of these 5 tips are simple yet effective ways you can transform your sleep and guarantee you’re well rested every single day. Stop living with the pain and frustration of constant fatigue, making a few easy adjustments in your sleeping habits will make all the difference in your life.

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