How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

According to sites like, many people suffer from mild to severe cases of insomnia, a disorder wherein a person finds it hard to sleep at night. Not only is it troubling, but it can be very unhealthy for the body. A person needs to sleep at least six hours a day for healthy living. Some insomniacs resort to taking sleeping pills, but there are proven natural ways that can help you get a good night’s sleep without popping a pill.

  • Keep a consistent sleep schedule. If you go to bed at 10 in the evening, make sure you do so consistently to program your body to expect 10 p.m. as your regular bedtime.

  • Do not eat or drink stimulants before going to bed. Make sure you do not consume food or beverages high in caffeine, as this will perk up your system and cause you to be wide awake into the wee hours.
  • Drink a glass of warm milk, as it provides relaxation for your body and encourages your body to snooze. Also avoid eating before going to bed, as this will give your body energy –which you want to avoid.
  • Avoid stress. If you have a lot of stress in your life, it can trigger lack of sleep. Your brain will be wired to think (and over-think) about the stressful situation. Try to relieve that stress by listening to or watch something relaxing before lying down for the night. This will help divert your attention.
  • Take a warm bath. This will help minimize your stress and relax your body.
  • Turn off lights, the TV and any other electronics that might cause you to stay awake at night. Avoid having a television inside your bedroom, especially if you’re an insomniac. These are distractions that can stir you away from having a restful sleep.
  • Change your sheets and covers. There is nothing more relaxing than lying comfortably in nice, clean-smelling sheets. This will make you comfortable, thus promoting better relaxation for the body.
  • Use a lavender scent in your bedroom. Lavender scent induces relaxation, so once your bedroom is filled with this scent the more your senses are triggered to relax.
  • Be active during the day. If you’re busy during the day then you’ll be dead tired at night. You can be active at work or include an exercise routine in your day. This will help stimulate your body after the day’s work to rest and find some sleep.
  • Avoid alcoholic drinks. Alcoholic drinks can also prevent you from having a good sleep during the night and dehydrate your body, causing your appearance to look unhealthy and stressed.

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About the Author: Andrew Reinert is a health care professional who loves to share different tips on health and personal care. He is a regular contributor to MegaHowTo and lives in Canada.

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