Practical tips for better sleep

Here are some tips to getting a better night sleep

(CNN) – With our busy modern lives, getting the sleep we need is more important than ever. Sleep is so essential to us performing at our best everyday. Unfortunately, a lot of us don’t get the rest our body needs.

Here’s some practical tips from experts to change that:

Skip that nightcap! Researchers have found an alcoholic drink before bed can lead to more shallow sleep. That puts you in danger of developing a negative sleep cycle, where you’re reaching for sedatives to help you sleep or during the day you’re slamming down the caffeine or sugar to stay awake. If you do want to wet your palette, experts suggest drinking a hot non-alcoholic beverage – that doesn’t contain caffeine of course.

Turn off those gadgets! Blue lights coming from your smartphone, tablet or labtop can suppress melatonin, a hormone that helps you get those ZzZz’s.

Lastly, how about hitting the gym. Experts say that can really help you get a good night’s sleep. They suggest getting in a workout about six hours before you go to bed. That’s because your body stays overheated for several hours after vigorous exercise – causing wakefulness. Experts say exercise too late in the day can cause insomnia.

The fight to get the sleep you need is a fight indeed.

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