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Aligned Signs Blog - Astrology, Dating, Horoscope, Love

Steps to Getting a Better Night's Rest

Steps to Getting a Better Night's Rest

By Aligned Signs (538 words)
Posted in Healthy Living on May 27, 2016

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Nothing beats the feeling of climbing into bed after a long days work and slowly drifting off into sleep. The worst feeling is when you end up tossing and turning all night and end up getting little to no rest at all. You try counting sheep, drinking warm milk, and anything else that comes to mind, but nothing works. You feel helpless and just hope that sleep will find you soon. 

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Even if you are able to fall asleep, you still might not be getting enough sleep. If you don't feel well rested, you aren't able to function at your best. You are more irritable, your memory starts to suffer, and your muscles may feel sore. 

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So what can you do to get not only enough sleep but also better sleep? Luckily, there are many options at hand! For starters, you can try setting a bedtime for yourself and sticking to it. Remember, bedtime does not equal sleeping time. Bedtime is the start of a block of time where you begin to relax and prepare your body for sleep. This is a time for you start to power down all screens and to do low stress activities like reading. 

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Go take a relaxing shower/bath to get you feeling cozy. If you're a candle person, light a couple of candles to help you calm down. Bedtime is all about doing low stress activities so make sure you start to limit stimulating activities (exercise, coffee drinking, video games) to earlier in the day. But remember, setting a bedtime isn't going to magically fix everything. There are some habits you might do during the day that you'll also have to break. 

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A habit you'll have to stop is napping. Napping is great to catch up on some z's but if you have trouble falling asleep at night, then napping will only make it worse. If you have to nap for whatever reason, try limiting it to 15-20min. Sleeping in on the weekends is also a no-no. The more your weekday to weekend sleep schedules differ, the harder it'll be for you to adjust. 

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Better sleep won't just happen overnight but taking the necessary steps will help you get there. And if you are still looking for a few more tips to help you get the sleep you want, take a look at the infographic below:

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