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Better sleep is something many of us chase after, but it can be surprisingly elusive if you’re the parent of a young child or are living with chronic pain, a mood disorder, or stress. Whether you have trouble getting to sleep or staying there, it can be incredibly frustrating to wake up in the morning still feeling exhausted. It can also be detrimental to your physical health, and can make getting through the day much more difficult than if you were able to get a full 8 hours. If you’re experiencing body pain or feel older than your years and have had a decline in energy, it might be time to think about looking for new ways to help your body and mind get the rest they need.
Often, the key to making positive changes lies in thinking about your physical environment; your bed, the room you sleep in, and the temperature all play a role in your ability to rest well. You can also think about upping your physical activities during the day, getting enough sunlight (which will help reset your circadian rhythm), and eating the right foods.
A few things to think about include:
Checking your walls
The wall color in your bedroom might have been chosen for aesthetic reasons, but it could actually be keeping you up at night. Bright colors can have a negative effect on your ability to sleep well, so stick with earth tones and neutral shades, like light blue and creamy eggshell. As a bonus, this allows you to change out your curtains and bedding whenever you want without worrying about them matching the paint color.
Choosing a new workout routine
Your workout routine plays a big role in your ability to get good rest at the end of the day, so consider making some changes to the way you get active. Incorporating something fun into your exercises can help you stay motivated, and when you’re truly tired at the end of the day, you’re more likely to fall asleep easily. With a dance-based workout, you can have a blast while burning calories, and you can do it from the comfort of your own home with SleekTechnique.com. This ballet program can be changed to suit your needs and is a great way to get active even with a disability or injury, since you can do it on your own time.
Getting more sunlight
Sometimes, the seasons and weather can have a negative effect on the way we sleep by throwing off the natural rhythm of our bodies. When this happens, you might wake up feeling exhausted or groggy, or you might experience the symptoms of depression or anxiety more profoundly than usual. One of the easiest ways to get around this is to get more sunlight. Vitamin D can be extremely helpful in boosting your mood, but it can also help to reset your body clock. Throw open the curtains during the day–especially in winter, when you’re less likely to spend time outdoors–and soak in all the sunlight you can.
Knowing what to eat… and what to stay away from
Certain foods can definitely have an effect on the way you sleep–both positively and negatively. It’s important, then, that you learn which ones will work best for your needs and which ones to stay away from. Turkey and other lean meats, nuts, cherries, bananas, and milk are wonderful for promoting good sleep, while red meat–which can take a long time for your body to process and can raise your temperature, making sleep uncomfortable–and foods that include sugar and caffeine should be avoided, especially an hour or two before bedtime.
Getting better sleep affects many aspects of your life, from your physical health to your ability to focus and get things done at work during the day. When making changes, remember that they are essential in helping your body and mind get a boost, allowing you to feel–and look–years younger.
By Brad Krause