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Top 10 Tips for Sleeping Well

Top 10 Tips for Sleeping Well

Top 10 Tips for Sleeping Well

Scranton, PA — With all the food and excitement of the holidays, our normal sleeping patterns can be disrupted. Here are my Top 10 Tips for Sleeping Well every night of the year.

Top 10 Tips for Sleeping Well

1. Get a good mattress. Comfort matters: the last thing you want after a long day is a mattress that makes you toss and turn at night. The Better Sleep Store has a great selection of mattresses that will do just the trick.

2. Stick to a regular bedtime. With all our rushing around, having a consistent sleep pattern will get your body used to settling down. Getting in a routine at the same time every night lets your body know it’s time to sleep.

3. Stay away from caffeine. This time of year, there’s chocolate everywhere. But did you know that chocolate contains caffeine? Dark chocolate has more than milk chocolate (and white chocolate has none at all). It’s not as much as a cup of coffee, but still significant. Try to avoid it for at least 5 hours before you go to bed so that it doesn’t keep you up.


4. Don’t eat right before bed. Just like caffeine will keep you up, eating before bed will make your body to work overtime to digest.

5. De-stress. It’s hard to fall asleep when your mind won’t stop racing. I suggest making a list of what’s bothering you, drink warm milk, or planning ahead to make sure you have enough time for tomorrow.

6. Turn the temperature down. Who doesn’t love to snuggle up under a pile of blankets? This tip not only saves money, but saves energy as well. I just bought a new blanket yesterday and I can already hear my bed calling my name…

7. Don’t nap. I have a hard time following this one because I love dozing off during the day, but studies show that only sleeping at night will train your body to fall asleep faster.

8. Silence is golden. Turn off all of the distractions and allow your body to just rest. How are you supposed to count sheep if you can’t hear what number you’re on?

9. Take a hot shower or read a book. Do anything that will soothe your muscles and settle your mind for sleep. I’ve heard that staring at a screen keeps you up, so try to avoid cell phones and computers before going to bed.

10. Exercise. Explore our local parks and Greenways, go ice skating, or do some yoga. I personally enjoy walking around my neighborhood this time of year and looking at the Christmas lights.

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Admittedly, I’ve already taken one nap while writing this. Oops. I guess I better start working on the other tips.

Wishing you a good night’s sleep,



Photo by Rich.

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