Do you occasionally press the snooze button on the morning alarm clock? This is an indicator that you are not getting enough sleep. It is believed that an adult needs at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep everyday. However, even if you manage to get 6 hours of quality sleep without any interruptions, it is okay. Quality is important; not quantity. Here are some tips that can help you get quality sleep.
One of the most important sleep habits is to keep the sleeping time regular. You need to go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Staying away from stimulants such as caffeine, nicotine and alcohol would help you get uninterrupted sleep at night. Watching TV or surfing the net at night may cause interruptions in sleep. Create a soothing ambience in the bedroom that is apt for the sound sleep. The bedroom should be dark, peaceful and have a comfortable bed to sleep on. You can also use bedtime accessories such as earplugs, eye covers or dark curtains that help you avoid noise or bright light. It really helps to do some kind of relaxing activities before going to bed. These activities may include taking a warm shower, listening to relaxing music or reading a book that does not have arousing material. If these activities are done in dim light, it helps to enhance the effect. Doing regular physical exercises such as brisk walking, jogging or swimming helps in making your sleep more peaceful. However, avoid exercising at least 3 to 4 hours before sleeping. Eating a light dinner at least 2 hours before sleeping is advisable. Avoid taking too many drinks and fatty food at dinner time.
If you fail to get a good night’s sleep after following these tips regularly, visit your doctor; you may be suffering from sleep disorder.