4 simple things you should do before bed

When we think of our health, we usually think of food and exercise, but health experts say sleep can be just as important. If you don’t understand what sleep is, its importance and how it functions then you won’t exactly know where to adjust things along the way.

Sound sleep helps you maintain communication between the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that deals with self-control, and the amygdale, the brain’s emotional center, which works together to keep your emotions in check. While you’re asleep your brain sorts through the memories you formed during the day, strengthening the important ones.

Going without sleep is nothing to brag about. Not getting enough sleep is one of the main cause of emotional distress.

Worrying about the day, thinking about the tasks you have to do the next day, every other intrusive thought might appear and feel much worse than it actually might be, which is why sleep is vital for keeping your brain functioning and your mental health sound.

We’ll discuss the factors that can help you calm down and close the mind off so you can get restful sleep

Start off by understanding your sleep pattern

Sleep pattern (i.e. your sleep time and wake schedule) can have a big impact on your mental and emotional health. Irregular sleep time is associated with a decrease in average sleep time per day, which ultimately has a huge impact on your health.

Strictly no to electronic devices in the bedroom

The compulsive desire to check the phones keeps you wide awake and affects the sleep routine.

From the electromagnetic field to the light flashing from the device directly at your eyes can be disruptive to your sleep.  Instead, switch to books, it will help you sleep better and can really be a stress buster.

Set a routine before going to bed

Do something that will relax your body and mind before you go to sleep. Things like breathing exercises, stretches, even journaling can help. Giving your mind time to unwind before bed can help you have a better night’s sleep and improve your mental health.

Have light food before you sleep

Heavy food before you sleep can disturb your sleep because your metabolism fires up right after you eat and for some indigestion of food can cause difficulty to fall asleep. Drink a warm glass of milk before you hit the bed. Milk contains tryptophan which induces sleep.

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