How to Sleep Well and Wake Up Energized

A good night’s sleep is important to one’s health. In order to feel energized, you need to get a deep, restful sleep. A recent British study has come up with some advice as it relates to getting a good night’s sleep.

  • Take 5-HTP. 5-HTP is a supplement that increases your brain’s production of serotonin, which is essential for a calm, restful sleep. By taking 100 mg. one hour before bedtime, you can reach the deepest, most restorative stages of sleep, thereby waking up refreshed and energized.
  • Set a deadline. In order to keep from having to keep getting up in the night to go to the bathroom, you should stop drinking fluids after 8 p.m. Studies indicate that one in five adults who wake up during the night to go to the bathroom end up tossing and turning a full hour before falling back to sleep.
  • Ease pain. Studies show that pain (i.e. PMS, menstrual cramps, backaches) is the top cause of light sleep for women. The solution, according to these researchers, is to take pain medications at bedtime instead of in the morning so your blood levels will peak as you fall asleep.
  • Boost alertness. If you’re limited to the number of hours you can sleep during the night (less than the recommended eight hours), researchers suggest that you stay up later at night to tackle those chores instead of getting up earlier in the morning. The reason for this is that you naturally get the sleep needed for great memory and brain function between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. Also, the extra work you do at night will help you become tired and fall asleep easier.

Source by Donna Cope

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