Sleep is such a hot commodity in our house right now. We are always striving for more sleep, or a better night’s sleep. I imagine that lots of you are in the same boat. After years of bad sleeps my boyfriend finally went to find out what the troubles were. He stayed the night in the hospital hooked up to all kinds of wires and machines. The diagnosis was restless leg syndrome and periodic limb movement disorder. There are really no cures for either of these problems, but the doctor recommended some lifestyle changes that would allow both of us to try and sleep through his restlessness.
Here’s how we get a better night’s sleep:
- Start winding down an hour before bedtime
We actually set an alarm so that an hour before bedtime we are reminded to turn off the television and the computer and step away from our phones.
- Go to bed at the same time every night
- Have a hot shower or bath before bedtime
This is one of the things that we try to do in that hour of wind-down time.
- Limit evening exercise
Because of our work schedules we do often exercise in the early evening. We always do it before dinner. We are also training for a 75 km bike ride and we put our long rides on Saturdays so that we can get that done with early in the day. That leaves the rest of the day for our bodies to come down from our exercise high.
- Limit caffeine, especially in the afternoon
I’m completely off of caffeine beverages and my boyfriend only drinks regular coffee or tea in the morning.
- Limit alcoholic beverages
- Avoid eating meals that are too rich, or snacks with too much sugar in the afternoon and evening
- Add relaxation exercises like yoga or meditation
Getting into a new sleep routine, and adding or subtracting behaviors has made a huge difference in how rested we feel.
Do you wish you felt more well rested?
What are your tips to getting a good sleep?
Do you have a nighttime routine?
This is a guest post from Morgan who blogs about health, food, and fitness at Life After Bagels.
Morgan is one of the Toronto, ON Fitfluential Ambassadors and loves to write about recipes and meal planning. She’s recently signed up for the Heart and Stroke Foundation Ride For Heart. Find her on Twitter @LifeAfterBagels.