Tips for Getting a Full Night’s Sleep

It’s no secret that failure to get a good night’s sleep can lead to some serious health problems. If you are trying to lose weight or to build muscle, lack of sleep can also make these tasks more difficult. This is because getting a good night’s sleep offers all of the following benefits:

·    Gives your muscles time to grow
·    Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is released, which increases your body’s fat burning capabilities
·    The blood supply to your muscles is increased
·    Your immune system gets a boost
·    Your memory is improved
·    Your reaction time is increased
·    Repair to tissues takes place
·    You have more energy the next day
·    You become less dependent upon sugary or caffeinated drinks to get you through the day

Of course, if you are suffering from a lack of sleep, it may not be because you aren’t trying to get several hours of sleep each night. Maybe you are going to bed early enough, but you find yourself tossing and turning rather than falling to sleep. If this is the case, you might want to try one or several of the following in order to help yourself get to sleep.

·    Avoid caffeinated beverages at night
·    Drink herbal tea
·    Listen to soothing music as you try to fall asleep
·    Wear earplugs
·    Use the bathroom right before going to bed
·    Purchase a good pillow
·    Don’t exercise when it is close to bedtime
·    Take a warm bath before bedtime
·    Avoid taking naps during the day

If you are still having difficulty falling asleep, you might want to talk to a doctor about having problems with insomnia. He or she may be able to prescribe medication or provide you with other suggestions for helping you get a full night’s rest.