We all know the average adult is supposed to get seven to nine hours of sleep each night, but when things are hectic and you're busy running around trying to put dinner on the table, chasing after kids, and sneaking in some time to catch up on old episodes of Breaking Bad -- that's not ALWAYS an option. However, the harsh reality? Catching enough zzz's helps fight off that icky flu this time of year and keep younger looking skin. Translation: It's sort of necessary.
Lucky for you, we have tips from sleep expert Dr. David Volpi, founder of Eos Sleep Center, that will guarantee you the best sleep of your life.
Check out these 5 tricks to your best night's sleep, here:
1. Use the bed for its intended purpose -- rest and sleep: "It's been scientifically proven that the light from the computer screens affects melatonin production and throws off circadian rhythms," says Volpi. You know what that means? It may be time to take that flat-screen off the wall and ban any and all iDevices from your bedside table. That means your iPhone, too.
2. Try your best to maintain a constant sleep schedule: Try to keep your bed and awake times within 20 minutes of the same time every day. It may not be easy, but if you can even maneuver this on the weekends, you'll feel better for it.
3. Exercise outside, but not late at night: The good news? The fresh air outside will actually help you fall asleep at night. However, exercising within three hours of your bedtime raises your body temperature, making it more difficult to fall asleep. In other words, work out in the mornings or afternoon and you'll have a much easier time getting some shuteye at night.
4. Have a ritual: Having some sort of bedtime ritual, whether it be slipping into a hot shower or reading a magazine (not on your iPad!), will help you calm down and unwind.
5. Say no to sleep medications, caffeine, and alcohol: "Even if you think they are helping you fall asleep initially, alcohol and medicines that make you drowsy may affect your sleep throughout the night," says Volpi.
Would you sacrifice some of your everyday habits if you knew you'd sleep better?
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