Even with the best intentions to get to bed at a reasonable hour, you might not realize your habits are hindering your sleep schedule. If you're ready to stop tossing and turning into the wee hours of the morning, then these six tips can help you fall asleep faster tonight.
- Reduce caffeine: Even if bedtime is hours away, that second cup of caffeine at 4 p.m. makes it hard to stay or fall asleep once you're ready to lie down. There's no reason to feel pressure to completely give it up; just do your best to drink your last cup by 2 p.m. if you know you're sensitive to caffeine's effects.
- Choose the right snacks: Late-night snacks aren't the enemy, but it is important choose wisely. Avoid fatty foods, since they're harder to digest before bed, and steer clear any spicy foods, citrus fruits, or tomato sauce, since they can result in heartburn and indigestion. Try one of these smart late-night snacks that require minimal prep.
- Rethink that nightcap: Drinking alcohol before bed is not going to promote healthy sleep. In fact, studies have shown that drinking late into the evening and before bedtime does not have the sedative effects you're looking for, but it does have has significant stimulating effects when compared to other times of day. Swap out your glass of wine for a cup of hot tea, water with lemon, or tart cherry juice, since its high levels of melatonin can help naturally lull you to sleep.
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