8. Get Plenty of Exercise
According to HelpGuide.org, studies have shown that people who exercise regularly sleep better and have more energy throughout the day. Exercise can also help you combat insomnia and sleep apnea while increasing the duration you spend in the deepest, most restorative sleep stages. The more intense your workout, the more sleep benefits you’ll reap. However, even light exercise, like a brisk ten-minute walk, can improve your sleep. Stick with it, too. Exercising to improve your sleep quality may take some time and you won’t necessarily notice results within just a day or two. Focus on creating an exercise habit and then compare how you sleep now to how you sleep three months down the road.
Exercise will give your metabolism a boost, elevate your body temperature and stimulate hormones. While this may help with sleep, you have to make sure you time your workout correctly. If you workout too close to your bed time, all of these changes in your body could make it difficult to relax and fall asleep. Schedule your workouts in the morning or afternoon to get a better night’s rest. If you have to workout later in the day, finish up at least three hours before your bed time; some people find that they can’t sleep if they workout within six hours of their bed time.