Thursday, 5 July, 2012

Secret to a good night’s sleep

Chronic sleep deprivation has been described as the next health hazard after junk food bingeing and sedentary living. At a major sleep conference held in Boston this week, experts have been presenting a slew of studies blaming poor sleeping habits for most health ailments. If you too are suffering from sleep deprivation, here are some tips that can help you get a better night’s sleep:

1. Be consistent with the times you go to bed and wake up. This will help create a regular sleep pattern.
2. Apart from the obvious such as having a healthy and light diet, and avoiding caffeine late in the night, experts say that one must always refrain from going to bed hungry or overstuffed.
3. While an eye mask, ear plugs, or a sound generator for noise have been shown to help, laptops in bed and smartphones on the night table only cause hindrance to your sleep.
4. Wind down with a hot bath, a book or soothing music and try to stick to the same bedtime routine.
5. Regular physical exercise has been shown to enable a restful sleep.


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