Monday, April 16, 2012

Fall Asleep Faster!

Have you had difficulty falling asleep any night this week? If so, you’re not alone. Here are three strategies you can use to get to sleep faster each night:

* Prime the Melatonin Switch with a Dimmer Switch
Your body naturally produces melatonin, the natural sleep chemical that helps prepare your body for healthy sleep. The real trick is giving your body the signal to start producing melatonin. One way to do that is with dim lighting (mimicking a sunset). So pick up a dimmer switch, or simply spend time in the early-to-late evening in a room with lowered lighting.

* Keep Your Hands and Feet Warm
This may seem a bit strange at first, but try wearing socks to bed... Extra layers on your extremities can help boost circulation, keeping your body warmer and more ready for sleep.

* Exercise
It’s so simple. Research shows that the single most helpful factor in getting a good night’s sleep is getting regular exercise. When you exercise, your body not only gets stronger, but it also resets its internal clock. This helps get your circadian rhythm (sleep-wake cycle) back to normal.

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