Friday, August 12, 2011

Surprising Tips To Get Your Best Sleep

First, you need to watch out your afternoon drinks, particularly at 4pm. If you got that peach tea every afternoon, it's got caffeine, and same thing with flavored waters and even orange sodas. Better yet check the labels on your favorite drinks and any that are energy-boosting benefits are likely the culprits.If possible, stop sipping them by 2pm so there's time for the effect to wear off before bed.

Take sleep superfoods that can help you snooze. Try a light whole-wheat pasta dish with fresh veggies, a little diced chicken breast, tomato sauce and a sprinkle of Parmesan for dinner. This meal contain a snooze-friendly combo of protein and tryptophan, an amino acid that converts to sleep-promoting serotonin in the body.If you get hungry at night, try a small bowl of cottage cheese with banana slices. Also food like milk and graham crackers or yogurt with cereal will do the trick.

Try to sip wine sooner. Wine can help you fall asleep faster, but the second half of your sleep cycle will make it restless because alcohol decreases deep sleep and increases arousals from sleep, according to Dr. John Brown, M.D. at the University of Maryland. So if you drink wine in the evening, have it around 6pm, dinner time and drink in moderation, so it will wear out by the time you lie down.

Take an early hot bath if you are used to having a hot bath in the tub in the evening, but be sure it is not right away before going to sleep. Doing it too close to bedtime may actually hinder you from falling asleep. A little gentle yoga before bed can help you ease your mind, steady your breath and reduce muscle stress without stressing your heart.

Keeping your room dark or bringing your lights down before bed is important. It's because dimness signals the biological clock that it's time to wind down. Bedroom bulbs should be of low watt ones or install a dimmer switch and keep it low. If you love to read in bed, do it with the lowest light that's still comfortable.