Naturally, changing your sleep pattern isn’t always plain sailing. Here are some tips that can help get you on your way to a healthier sleeping pattern.
· Avoid caffeinated drinks. Even as early as late afternoon. Sometimes caffeine can stay in our systems for up to 14 hours.
· Avoid alcohol near bedtime. Alcohol can act as a relaxant, however, it will prevent you from going into the REM stage of sleep – which is essential for your immune system at this time.
Wake up with the sun. Sunlight helps the body’s internal biological clock reset itself each day. Sleep experts recommend exposure to an hour of morning sunlight for people having problems falling asleep
· 20-30 minutes of exercise will help with your natural rhythm. Not just before bedtime, preferably at least 3 hours prior to when you go to sleep.
· Don’t read in bed. Choose to read somewhere else and then go to bed once you’re tired. Once you hit your bed, you should be ready to switch off immediately.
· Still having trouble? Don’t lie in bed staring at the ceiling. Get up, do something else and try again once you feel tired again.