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8 Tips to get rid of the Snooze Button

The best way to wake up fresh is by getting a good night’s sleep. Here are a few tips to help you achieve that.

Have a nice relaxing evening:

Read a book and listen to good, relaxing music. Of course you can watch a film or go out with your friends, but dedicate the last couple of hours before you sleep to a relaxing activity.


Warm baths and scented candles work wonders:

Fill the tub with warm water, add bubbles and essential oils and unwind. Make sure to light a scented candle or two with relaxing scents like chamomile and lavender. This will soothe you and help you get better sleep.


Before Bed Beverages:

Green tea, chamomile tea or a glass of warm milk will work wonders. As kids we’ve always been given warm milk before we sleep, so why shouldn’t it work now? Green tea and chamomile tea are also known for their extremely calming effect.


Light supper, hearty breakfast:

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it is good to eat a really big, filling breakfast. However, your dinner should be light and fat-free if possible. You want to eat something that you know will be digested by the time you go to bed. We’ve all been told by our grandmothers that sleeping after a heavy meal will give us nightmares, unfortunateley this isn’t an urban legend!


Midnight Munch is a No-No:

Eating right before falling asleep isn’t an option. And say no to the midnight munch. No matter how much you want to make a sandwich late at night, don’t. If you’re really hungry, go for a fruit or a fresh vegetable.


No caffeine at night:

Avoid drinking coffee, tea or energy drinks during the evening. You might not feel it but they will keep you up. Drinking caffeinated beverages in excess throughout the day will also make it difficult for you to fall asleep.


Easy on the sleeping pills:

We should definitely not self-medicate with sleeping pills, even if they are over-the-counter ones. Speak to a physician first. And even if they prescribe them to you, take them with moderation. You do not want to turn a couple of sleepless nights into chronic insomnia.


Eight is the magic number:

You need at least eight hours of sleep. Preferably you shouldn’t be sleeping a lot more than that and definitely not less. Physicians agreed that eight hours of sleep are necessary for you to wake up fresh and rested.

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