3 tips for better sleep

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It doesn't matter if you're a night owl or an early bird. We all need restful sleep. With pressure to excel in school and the workplace, many find themselves burning the midnight oil to get ahead. The time you spend sending that last email or putting the final touches on a project can easily turn into a 3 hour project before you realize it. By the time your body finally winds down, you'll be awakened by the sound of your alarm clock and in desperate need of caffeine.

Try these 3 tips so that your cup of coffee is a treat for the week, not your only source of energy to get you through the day.

Remove Clutter

You've grown rather acquainted with the pile of laundry that consumes half of your bed. In fact, it may be your stand in boyfriend from time to time. But it's time to ditch the mountain of clothes if you want a good night's sleep. Multiple studies have found that people in cluttered bedrooms experience difficulty falling asleep and are more likely to have sleep disturbances.

Avoid this simple mistake by spending 5 or 10 minutes de-cluttering your room. By de-clutter, don't sweep everything off the bed and onto the floor. Take a few moments to place things in order. Your help of laundry can return to the closet until you have time to sort and fold. The pile of homework can return to your desk until the morning. For now, you just want to create a more calming space by freeing yourself of clutter.

Disconnect

You've heard it a million times before but you need to hear it again... Read a book before bed. No, don't break out the kindle. Go old school, a book that has pages you can turn and dog-ear.

If you use an e-reader, you won't reap the same benefits from storytime. Unfortunately for you, the light emitted from e-readers has been known to suppress the sleep inducing hormone, melatonin, and lead to grogginess the next day. Trade in the e-reader for an actual book. Don't worry, you won't have to throw away your e-reader, just add a paper book before bedtime.

If the light from your e-reader affects your ability to fall asleep, just think about how your sleep is affected from all the scrolling on Instagram and Twitter. Consider setting a cut off time for your electronics, especially your phone and laptop. You don't have to be connected to everyone at all times. Use the Do Not Disturb to set boundaries about who can reach you after your bedtime routine begins. It will help your body wind down and prepare for sleep.

Yoga Poses for better sleep

You don't have to be an experienced yogi to incorporate yoga into your bedtime regimen. Any yoga instructor will tell you that they key to yoga is found in your breath. By practicing yoga, you learn to breath in a way that regulates your nervous system and allows you to slow down and relax.

If you're new to yoga and aren't sure of where to begin, start with these posesor try this free yoga video that can be done from your bed.

Try these tips this week and you'll be snoring in no time.

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