Here are some simple tips that could have you rested up sooner:
1) Avoid stimulating activities in the bedroom. Turn off cell phones, the television, and other electronics that emit electromagnetic radiation. If possible, use the bedroom for sleep only.
2) Set the mood: dim all lighting in preparation for sleep.
3) Take the time to relax and unwind before trying to fall asleep. Avoid running a marathon before bed - this activates the sympathetic nervous system and puts your body in a "fight-or-flight" state. The body is able to relax properly when it is in parasympathetic mode.
4) Establish a regular sleep routine. Routines are important in everyday life, and it is important to make sleep a part of it too! It is amazing how quickly the body adapts to a fixed schedule.
Keep in mind it is important to see a health professional for sleep disturbances, as there may be an underlying cause that needs to be addressed.
Ashley Kowalski is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in Embrun, Cornwall, and Ottawa. She is currently accepting new patients.