5 Tips to Get a Healthier Sleep Tonight

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We all know a good night of rest can set the tone for your entire day, and even though sleep is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle it often gets overlooked. Busy schedules, late nights, or too many distractions can cause people to get much less sleep than their body requires.

Not getting enough sleep is a common problem, but even those who try to get their 8 hours every night might not be practicing the healthiest sleeping habits. No matter how much coffee you drink in the morning, there is no quick fix that can truly balance out the effects of an unhealthy sleep. To get a solid night of rest and practice positive sleeping patterns, try incorporating these 5 tips for a healthier sleep tonight:

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Keep a Sleep Schedule

One of the most important things to practice for a healthy rest pattern is to establish a schedule and stick to it. Varying times to wake up and go to bed will mess with your body and create a chaotic sleep pattern. Sticking to a schedule will allow your body to get used to the idea of sleeping at a certain time and waking at another. Although you can’t time it down to the exact second, try to stick to the same time frames each day, even on weekends and holidays. Aim to get about 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night, and make it a habit to wake up at the same time every day.

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Monitor Your Meals

Eating a large and filling meal right before you head to bed will make it hard for you to get a solid night of sleep. You shouldn’t go to bed hungry but you also should not have a huge meal in the last few hours of your day. If you are hungry in the evening, try a lighter healthy snack instead, to fill your stomach but allow it to settle quickly. Late night binges or midnight fast food is a detriment to your sleeping pattern and will keep your body awake and working for much longer than it should be.

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Settle Your Body

Exercise is a well-known method to tire out your body and it actually can help you get a better rest at night. Regular physical activity has many benefits for the body and overall health, but it also acts as a method to improve sleep habits. It helps you feel more alert and awake during the day, but also makes it easier to fall asleep at night.

Studies have shown significant increases in the quality of sleep for people who get at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week. Use this as motivation to get to the gym and improve both your fitness level and sleeping habits.

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