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By: Eileen Guo

Our everyday lives and busy schedules greatly impact our sleeping schedules. Since sleep is extremely important for your physical and mental health, it’s important to get enough sleep each night. Despite this, most people have trouble falling asleep at night. However, just a few lifestyle changes could help you sleep better.

  • Snooze-foods and Pick-Me-Ups
    • Tryptophan
      • Tryptophan causes sleepiness. Proteins from the food are the building blocks of tryptophan. The best foods to snack on before bedtime are carbohydrates combined with protein, such as cereal with milk.
  • Nature’s Sleeping Pill
    • Melatonin
      • Melatonin helps control your sleep-wake cycles. Your body’s internal clock (also known as the circadian rhythm) influences how much melatonin your body produces.
  • Coffee Jolt
    • Caffeine
      • Generally, caffeine lasts around 5-6 hours; cut down of your caffeine intake by the early afternoon so that you can wind down just in time before going to sleep.
  • Work Out, Sleep Better
    • Exercise
      • It doesn’t matter what time of the day you exercise, but make sure to get your heartbeat up and cardio in. People who work out regularly sleep better and longer than those who don’t.

Pursuing a healthier, more active lifestyle will greatly benefit with your attentiveness, sleep schedule, and overall fitness.

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