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Ways to Sleep Better

Wednesday, 03 Nov 2010 12:56 PM

Do you find that it's the middle of the night and are you still trying to fall asleep? A bad night’s sleep can make you feel not only tired but also cranky, sick, and cause poor performance at work or school. A change in your lifestyle can give you a better night's sleep and make you feel energetic and productive when you wake up in the morning. If you want to cure insomnia and learn the secret to a good night’s sleep, just read the following “sleep better” tips.
The following tips will help you sleep better so you can get a good night's sleep, which is not a luxury, but a necessity. Here are five of the most effective tips that will hep you get a better night's sleep:
1.Choice of bed: Your choice of bed is vital if you want to get a good night's sleep. A good bed will allow you to wake up without any pain in your back or numbness in your legs. You should get a comfortable bed with a mattress that satisfies your needs. When choosing a mattress, look for one with good support and comfort. The mattress should be very soft and cozy,  but be able to support your back at the same time. Some good mattresses include:
· Airbeds: They have an air-filled core, which can be adjusted to suit individual needs.
· Adjustable beds: With such beds, the head and leg position of an individual can be adjusted automatically to a comfortable position by flexing the mattress.
· Waterbeds: These have a water-filled core that provides good support and comfort.
2. Proper diet for good sleep: Some foods have the ability to stimulate sleep. Most of us know that warm milk and chamomile tea, if taken at bedtime, stimulate sleep. However, other foods like oatmeal, whole-wheat bread, and bananas also help you sleep soundly. Avoid caffeinated drinks like tea, coffee, and chocolate at bedtime.
3. Exercise: Regular exercise releases certain chemicals in our body that help soothe our mind, relax our body, and stimulate sleep.
4. Sleeping pills and other sleep aids: Sleeping pills and sleep aids are effective and less harmful when used for a short duration in certain situations. Often, patients with chronic insomnia are provided with sleeping pills and other sleep aids. These often have side-effects and are not recommended for long term use.

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