As a teenager and then an adult, I slept very badly. On the other hand, I used to marvel at my mother who would be happily snoring as soon as her head touched the pillow. I wanted that kind of sleep too. Well, it finally happened to me, since some five years ago. And now I can sleep through a pandemonium as my husband jokingly tells me. What changed? Let me tell you how to sleep better naturally.
- No caffeine post lunch. As a rule, I refrain from drinking tea or coffee after 4 pm.
- Exercise. Exercising fatigues my muscles enough to make me hit the bed by 10-10:30. However, I limit all forms of exercising to the morning as I have noticed that doing cardiovascular exercises keeps me awake.
- Think positive. I have recently started this exercise of listing down 3 positive and 3 negative things that happen to me each day at the end of the day. My daughter joins me too. The negative things that look humongous at the start of the day don’t seem so menacing or consequential when you say it aloud at bedtime.
- Avoid liquids. Cut down on your fluid consumption post evening especially if you have a weak bladder.
- Dine like a pauper. There must be some truth in this age-old adage. Eating a heavy dinner leads to digestive troubles which may keep you awake.
- No phones. I keep my phone and all types of gadgets outside the room while sleeping. The endless discussions on what’s app or recent news on Facebook keep you excited and doesn’t let you sleep early.
- Switch off that TV. Switch off the TV at 10 pm. It gives you ample time to wind down and calm your mind.
- Read. Reading a good book (not a murder mystery or thriller) takes your mind away from the events of the day and lulls you into sleep.
- Drink chamomile tea. The flavonoids present in it act as a mild tranquiliser and sleep-inducer. Try it, it might work out for you!
- Warm milk. Our old Hindi movies might be gung-ho on warm milk at bedtime, I am not too sure though. Anyway, do drink it if that helps you.
So, here are my tips on how to sleep better naturally. Want to add yours? Feel free to write to me.