How to fall asleep and stay asleep

asleepIt’s 1 a.m. and I’m still awake surfing the Internets. I’m not looking for anything in particular, just trying to fall asleep. I know, such a tedious task is horrible for inducing sleep. I could definitely do something more productive. That’s why I decided to do a search on the Google for sleep tips and see what came up.

As you might have expected, there were tons of results from such staples as howto, lifehackery, wikihow, squidoo, health, webmd and a bunch of other sites that look like link farms. I was exhausted just looking at the SERP and decided I’ll post the one I like most here for the other insomniacs out there who can’t wait til morning to read my blog. I love you for it, by the way!

Tips from the geniuses at Lifehackery.

1. Don’t exercise for at least 3 hours before bed. Exercising increases blood flow and wakes you up. Getting in your daily workout just before bedtime will keep your heart rate elevated and make it difficult to calm down enough to sleep.

2. Keep the TV and computer off for 30 to 60 minutes before bed. The light from the screens can trick your body into thinking that it’s still daylight and not time for sleeping. Read, write in a notebook, or listen to soothing music at a quiet volume just before bed.

3. A turkey sandwich with lettuce on whole wheat bread and a glass of milk may help make you drowsy. These foods all contain Tryptophan, an amino acid that helps the body relax. Though it’s questionable whether the levels contained in one meal are high enough to actually induce drowsiness, at least you’ll get a nice healthy meal in the process.

4. While we’re on the subject of food: try not to eat for at least four hours before bedtime. Eating too close to sleeping time can lead to heartburn, which is likely to keep you awake most of the night.

Digging it? Read the rest at Lifehackery!

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