The human body and brain needs rest in order to perform at its peak day after day. While it is certainly possible to go a day or two without sleep, it is not advisable, nor healthy. Proper sleep is essential for optimal brain and body functioning and brings with it additional health benefits. However, a lot of people today don’t focus on a restful sleep and consequently end up tired,  irritated, listless and dull. If you wish to avoid all that, here are 8 tips that will help you sleep better at night.

Turn off all screens and lights

While electronic equipment and lights have become indispensable in our lives, it is important to switch off everything before you get in bed. The television, a light bulb, a radio or a cell phone can all distract you and keep you from sleeping on time. Even if you do fall asleep with everything on, you are much more likely to wake up during the night due to the disturbance.

Eat light

Eating heavy food for dinner is a big problem when it comes to getting a restful sleep. Likewise, not eating at all is not recommended either. You should balance your food consumption close to your bed time and generally, light snacks along with milk or a hot beverage are recommended.

Be wary of alcohol

Drinking can lead to temporary relaxation and make it easier for you to fall asleep, but you are much more likely to wake up in the middle of the night once the effects of alcohol wear off. Moreover, alcohol can dehydrate you, which means you can have an uncomfortable sleep due to thirst.

Don’t drink water close to bedtime

Ideally, you should drink your fill about 2 hours before your bedtime so that you can enjoy uninterrupted sleep and don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to relieve yourself. It can harder to fall asleep again after you have had to get up and walk to the bathroom, and you will consequently be tired in the morning.

Be mindful of your posture

A good posture is key to a restful sleep. Make sure your mattress is smooth and there is no object on the bed that might disturb you during the night. The pillows you use should also be soft, but not too high or too low. Ideally you should sleep on your back or your side because sleeping on your stomach twists your neck for prolonged periods.