6 Ways to Get A Better Night's Sleep

It’s 4am and you’re lying in bed in your Cityscape PJ short set staring at the ceiling.

Your brain is flying through a mental to-do list which includes your breakfast options, that meeting at work next week, and, hey, maybe it's a good time to start thinking about a gift for your best friend’s wedding next year.

It’s one of those nights when anything but sleep seems possible. No matter what you do, your eyes just won’t stay shut. We’ve all been there. So, we decided to gather some tips from the sleep pros to help you catch a few extra z’s. 

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  1. Reserve all coffee dates for the morning. Afternoon caffeine, even up to 6 hours before bedtime, has been proven to disrupt your sleep. If this guy can cut it out for a year, you can cut it for the afternoon.
  1. Exercise every day! Whether it’s Pilates or spin class or just a run along the water, slip on those yoga pants and get moving. Exercise has been proven to not only improve sleep quality by 65%, but also to keep you from getting sleepy during the day.
  1. Be careful about late night eats. Your body doesn’t digest food while you sleep, so heavy meals will keep you up. So will a full bladder, so be careful about drinking too much before bed as well. If you’re really starving, try some lighter options instead.
  1. Turn off & log out at least an hour before bedtime. Bright lights trick your mind into thinking it’s time to be awake and active. So put the phone away and get into sleep mode with your Damn Fine Kimono... your Instagram likes will still be there in the morning.
  1. Set a consistent sleep schedule and stick to it. As tempting as it is to sleep until noon on a Sunday, going to bed and waking up at the same time every day – even weekends – helps to keep your body clock regulated and gives you a more refreshing rest.
  1. If you can’t sleep, get out of bed. Staring at the ceiling worrying about lack of sleep only stresses you out and perpetuates insomnia. Instead, get up, read, meditate, or do some easy breathing exercises until you get tired again.
Still having trouble? Check out some extra sleepy tips and tricks from Greatist or download one of these great Apps designed for the Insomniac.

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