1 – Optimise your sleep-wake cycle
Going to bed and Waking up at the same time each day. This keeps our mind and body on the same page and makes it easier to fall asleep and wake up each day.
2 – Limit nicotine & alcohol consumption
Both Nicotine and alcohol have detrimental effects on both the duration and the quality of our sleep. Which results in the inhibition and muting of numerous reparative processes that occur during sleep.
3 – Take time to relax
Taking some quality time to unwind after a long day and letting your mind relax will also help you drift off to sleep easier. Listen to music, read a book, meditate etc.
4 – Dim the lights
Keep it cool, dark and gadget free. These three tips are all powerful cues that tell our brain its time to sleep. If its hot, light or we are staring at the clock our brain is bombarded with signals to stay awake.
5 – Eat your dinner early
Having large meals and certain medications can actually have profound effects on sleep. Have your last meal a few hours before bed and ask your doctor/pharmacist if any of your medications could be contributing to your insomnia.