Sometimes even a full night's sleep isn't enough to leave you feeling rested and ready to face the day ahead. Follow these tips on how to make the most of your time between the sheets.
1. No Work Zone
Beds are for sleeping, not for working. Bringing your busy day to bed with you makes it that much harder to unwind from it. Leave the paper work and office wide memos at your desk and only bring pleasure reading with you before turning off the light.
2. Silent Night
Watching TV or listening to music is a great way to relieve the pressures of your day, but don’t forget to turn off the TV or stereo before turning off the lights. Excess noise will keep you from falling into a deep sleep, often waking you up halfway through the night.
3. Water World
Have you ever dreamt of waterfalls or trickling streams, and then woken in just enough time to rush to the bathroom? Your digestive system doesn’t sleep when you do, so anything you’ve consumed before bed will make its way through you just the same as everything else. Don’t have liquids before bed and save yourself a trip to the bathroom and some shut eye.
4. Stress Relief
Easier said than done, but reducing stress in your life will help you sleep at night. If you can’t eliminate stress during the day, slip out of your stress along with your work clothes; your flannel jammies should swaddle you not only in comfort but also relaxation. But don’t stress about not being able to relax. That only adds to stress.
5. Don’t Watch the Clock
Tossing and turning is stressful, especially when you have a big day ahead of you, but watching the minutes tick by won’t make you fall asleep any faster. If you are having trouble falling asleep, don’t stress about how much sleep you are losing. Roll over and try to empty your mind of all your responsibility, focusing instead on how good you feel, lying on your soft bed beneath your perfect comforter and let the Sandman peacefully carry you away.
6. Sexy times before bed
Sleeping isn’t the only thing that is good for you to do between the sheets. An orgasm reduces stress and increases relaxation, helping you fall asleep faster.
7. Practise Makes Perfect
A bedtime routine is perhaps the best way to ensure a solid night’s sleep. Even the simplest combination of activities (teeth brushing, face washing, capped off by reading) will remind your body that it is time to sleep, thus making falling to sleep all the easier. Develop a routine and stick to it, regardless of how tired you are or how much of the late night movie you think you can stay awake for.