Jump Start: Self Care September: Day 19

Day 19 of the Jump Start, and Day 5 of Relax and Sleep Better Week. Today we’re going to look at improving physical factors that can help to give a better night’s sleep.

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Today, pick one or more of the following physical / practical factors that can help you to fall asleep more easily, and sleep more deeply:

  • Avoid caffeine after 3pm (coffee, strong black or green tea, energy drinks, most colas)
  • Don’t take multivitamins or B complex in the afternoon or evening
  • Take 30 minutes to 1 hour of gentle exercise in the evening
  • Have a warm candlelit bath before bedtime (don’t have the water too hot though)
  • Air the bedroom so it smells clean and fresh
  • Get the temperature of the room below 24 degrees C
  • Avoid heavy alcohol intake before bedtime (makes you wake up too early)
  • Use earplugs to reduce noise from traffic, nearby snorers etc
  • Don’t watch TV in bed as you’re dozing off
  • Hang an extra sheet over the window if your curtains or blinds let too much light in

The more of these you can manage, the more luck you’re likely to have in getting some quality ‘zeds’.

G’night. ZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

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