Doing a few simple things before bed could ensure a better night’s sleep and have you waking up feeling refreshed. Start by getting a routine together. If you get into a habit of doing the same things around the same time regularly, you’re preparing yourself for what’s to come so your body can already anticipate it. Following your after dinner snack, brush your teeth — doing this will send your body the message that you’re done eating for the day. Set your alarms and place them on the opposite side of the room from where you sleep, so that you have no choice but to get out of bed to shut them off. If you know you have to get out of the house shortly after getting up and getting ready, have your breakfast prepared the night before so you can just grab and go. As difficult as this may seem, it’s best for your body to avoid bright lights for at least an hour before bed — this means your tv, phone, and computer. Lastly, start getting used to settling down at a reasonable time. If it’s too late, you tend to get a second wind of energy, making it that much more difficult to fall asleep. You can’t make all of these changes over night but start by making a checklist to follow until it becomes second nature. Your body will thank you later.
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