We all know that sleep makes you look and feel better, but its importance goes beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles. Adequate sleep can also benefit your heart, weight, stress levels and even your athletic performance.
Exercising regularly can help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly – but only if it's done at the right time. Physical activity stimulates the body to secrete the stress hormone cortisol, which helps activate the alerting mechanism in the brain and can keep you feeling wide awake for several hours afterwards. Always try to finish exercising at least three hours before bed or make an effort to get to the gym a bit earlier in the day.
Many people think that a nightcap before bed will help them sleep. However, while it may make you fall asleep faster, alcohol also reduces sleep quality - waking you up later in the night and leaving you feeling far from refreshed by morning. To help improve the quality of your sleep, try cutting down your alcohol consumption in the hours before bed.