September 29, 2023 | Allison Robertson

5 Sleep Hacks For Restorative Health


Discover the Real Reasons You Can't SleepGirl and doctor split image If you're tired of tossing and turning all night and waking up feeling like a zombie, it's time to take charge of your sleep and restore your energy levels.

We all know how vital a good night's sleep is for overall well-being, so, below are five casual sleep hacks that will help you achieve restorative health.

1. Embrace A Bedtime Ritual

A woman reading a book in bedVlad Deep, Pexels

No, we're not talking about some ancient mystical practice. A bedtime ritual is simply a calming routine you follow before hitting the hay.

It could be as simple as sipping a cup of herbal tea, reading a book, or doing some light stretching.

Engaging in these calming activities signals your body that it's time to wind down, and you'll drift off into dreamland with ease.

2. Create A Zen Sleep Environment

Dark zen bedroomHarper, Adobe Stock

Your sleep sanctuary should be a cozy and serene space where relaxation reigns supreme.

Dim the lights, banish electronic screens, and keep the room at a comfortable temperature.

Consider investing in blackout curtains and earplugs if you're sensitive to light and noise.

And don't forget a comfortable mattress and pillows that cradle you like a cloud.

WEEKLY UPDATE

Sign Up For Our Newsletter

Stories that matter — delivered straight to your inbox.

Thank you!
Error, please try again.

3. Nix The Late-Night Snacking

Man eating pizza at an open fridgePixel-shot, Adobe Stock

Sure, that bag of chips might be tempting during your late-night Netflix binge, but eating close to bedtime can wreak havoc on your sleep.

Heavy meals or snacks can lead to indigestion and disrupt your natural sleep cycle.

If you're feeling hungry, opt for a light, sleep-friendly snack like a banana, a handful of almonds, or a warm glass of milk.

4. Set A Consistent Sleep Schedule

Man sleeping beside alarm clock on iphoneAndrey Popov, Adobe Stock

Your body loves routine, and your sleep cycle is no different.

Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends.

This helps regulate your internal clock and makes it easier to fall asleep and wake up naturally.

Yes, that means no more snoozing that alarm—sorry, not sorry!

Advertisement

5. Keep Stress At Bay

Yoga and meditation classSyda Productions, Adobe Stock

Stress and sleep are like oil and water—they just don't mix well.

Incorporate relaxation techniques into your daily routine, such as meditation, deep breathing, or yoga.

You could also start a journal to jot down your thoughts and worries before bedtime, giving your mind a break from ruminating all night long.

Bonus Tip: Limit Caffeine And Alcohol

A woman refilling someone else's coffee mugauremar, Adobe Stock

We know, we know—giving up your daily coffee or evening wine might sound like a nightmare. But here's the deal: caffeine can interfere with your sleep, especially if consumed close to bedtime.

Similarly, while alcohol might make you feel drowsy initially, it disrupts your sleep patterns and prevents you from getting truly restful sleep.

So, there you have it, five sleep hacks that will guide you to restorative health and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world.

Remember, sleep is your superpower, so make the most of it! Sweet dreams!


READ MORE

People Share The Strangest Coincidences They’ve Ever Experienced

People Share The Strangest Coincidences They’ve Ever Experienced

As a kid, going to see my great-grandmother in the nursing home was always unnerving. I never truly understood why until a few years later.
February 22, 2019 Miles Brucker
123

Employees Reveal The Most Outrageous Customer Complaints They've Ever Heard

Whether it's an employee error or just a simple misunderstanding, customer complaints can happen at any time but are always equally annoying.
March 14, 2019 Andie Wood
doctors

Doctors Share Their Horrible Patient Stories

Everyone loves a good medical story. Doctors, nurses, and other members of the medical profession get to witness humanity at its absolute dumbest.
March 19, 2019 Molly Seif
creepiest

Scared Parents Revealed The Creepiest Things Their Kids Ever Said

Most of the time, kids say the darnedest things. Other times, they say the most disturbing things that leave parents scratching their heads.
March 19, 2019 Jess Silverberg
Random Acts of Kindness Experience

The Most Generous Acts Of Kindness

Life if hard, but people don’t have to be. From neighbors who dug deep to silent protectors, cheer up to these sweet stories about acts of kindness.
March 19, 2019 Christine Tran
momsinternal

Moms Share The Dark Secret They Know Their Child Is Hiding From Them

Kids are sneaky, but moms are sneakier. They have years of experience being sneaky, and they know a whole lot more about our dark secrets than we think.
March 20, 2019 David Chung


Want to learn something new every day?

Stories that matter — delivered straight to your inbox.

Thank you!

Error, please try again.