Just before sleep, take some time to meditate or simply lie quietly and clear your mind.
Take a bath or shower
Warm water will make you feel more relaxed and ready for sleep.
Keep your hands and feet warm
Yes, cold feet can keep you awake! If this is a problem you have, it would be worth getting some cosy socks.
What’s keeping me awake?
Before going to bed, you should try to avoid overstimulating your body and mind.
Try to avoid activities such as playing computer games, watching TV or doing exercise, as these can make it harder to drop off to sleep.
Caffeine is a well-known enemy of sleep, but did you know that alcohol and nicotine can also stop you from getting a restful night? Having a snack, on the other hand, can be a good thing because hunger can keep you awake.
Finally, lying in bed awake and thinking about not being able to sleep won’t help you to nod off. If you can’t sleep for more than half an hour, it’s a good idea to get up and go to another room and do something relaxing (like reading). Return to your bedroom once you’re feeling drowsy!
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