Tips for Better Sleep

If you’re not sleeping, then you can’t dream. Well, if you’re having trouble sleeping, I have some tips for better sleep for you. These tips come from my own personal experience, and they’re not that hard. These tips for better sleep are also backed by science, since I do lots of research into the latest ideas about sleep and how to make it better. What can I say? I like to sleep.

Some of these tips for better sleep will seem a little weird, and others will seem a little too obvious. At any rate, these are the best tips for better sleep I’ve seen and have used in my own life. Here are my top five tips for better sleep:

Have more sex. This is, of course, one of my best and most favorite tips for better sleep. Sex actually releases hormones like serotonin that induce feelings of relaxation and happiness, which definitely sets the mood for sleep. Sex can be a little like exercise, though. For some people, it will make them immediately tired, and for others, it will just induce a feel-good mood and some extra energy. (I am NOT one of the latter!) If sex doesn’t make you feel tired right away, try to “schedule” it a couple hours before bedtime. It can help you release tension and feel more ready for sleep when it is time for you to go to bed.

Eat something. I’m a big comfort food sort of girl, and there are certain comfort foods that can actually help you sleep better. One of the tips for better sleep my grandma gave me – and science later backed up! – is that a light meal of complex carbs can help you sleep more deeply at night. Carbs aren’t hard for your body to break down like protein is, but the complex kind gives your stomach something to do for a while, so you don’t wake up in the middle of the night feeling famished.

Use brainwave entrainment. This is one of the most out-there-seeming tips for better sleep, but it is also one of the most useful. There’s actually a lot of new research bearing up the usefulness of brainwave entrainment, so stick with me. Essentially, this will use an audio soundtrack, such as Sleeptracks, which is one of my favorites, to get your brain into the necessary pattern for inducing sleep. Each night, your brain goes through several different stages with different brainwave patterns, and brainwave entrainment through audio tracks is a healthy way to get your brain’s functioning back on track so you get a better night’s sleep.

Leave the TV, work, and books out of the bedroom. Insomniacs often find that they fall asleep more easily if they only associate the bedroom with sleeping and sex. Take out the TV, and shut off the reading lamp at night. I like having a spot in the living room where I can do my nightly reading. I can get comfortable and move to the bed when I’m tired. Since my brain associates the bed with sleep, I fall asleep there pretty quickly most of the time.

Sleep when you’re tired. Forcing yourself to sleep is one of the worst tips for better sleep out there. If you aren’t tired, don’t go to bed, even if it means you’re not likely to get more than a few hours of sleep because of what time you must get up. Try doing things that make you tired, like listening to music or reading a book, though, instead of things like browsing the web or watching TV that can keep your brain stimulated long after your body is ready for bed.

These five tips for better sleep have worked for me, and I hope they work for you, too.

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