The Best Ways to Relax After A Stressful Day at Work

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Who else envies those people who fall asleep instantly? The ones that fall into bed and in seconds are snoring softly. We sure do because for many people, falling to sleep isn’t that easy. To get a good night’s sleep you need to be able to relax after a hard day of work. This is often easier said than done. Our minds are constantly filled with the problems of the day. Though we’re exhausted once we get in from work, when we crawl into bed the mind refuses to shut down. If you’ve ever had this problem, you need to know the best ways to relax so you get a great night’s sleep.

Say No To Electric Devices

When you climb into bed, don’t immediately reach for your laptop or phone. Evidence demonstrates the electromagnetic energy these devices produce play havoc with sleep waves. It can stop you being able to shut your eyes and settle down after a long day. Our advice is to switch off all these devices unless you use your phone for an alarm. If that’s the case, make sure it’s a good distance from your bed. That way, this energy won’t affect your sleep at all.

Exercise And Energise

It might seem counterproductive to exercise when you’re already tired. There’s method to the madness here though because exercise relieves stress and reduces tension. Doing this, you will be able to run or work off the troubles of the day. This will allow you to fall straight to sleep once you snuggle into your cosy bed. We suggest a forty minute exercise routine once every other day, a couple of hours before you go to sleep.

Calm Your Mind

No matter how tired you are, you shouldn’t jump into bed as soon as you get in from work. This will usually allow you to sleep for a couple of hours, wake up and spend the rest of the night staring at the ceiling. That’s not what you want so you need to calm your mind and body down with soothing activities. Turn the lights down and don’t immediately reach for the TV remote. Instead, pick up a book and do a little light reading. Or complete another activity that you find soothing. You should find that you begin to forget about work and wind down for the evening.

Dear Diary

It’s not a bad idea to keep a journal or a diary and fill it with your thoughts of the day before bed. Writing problems or concerns down will help you deal with them before you try and sleep. By writing them down, you are tackling these issues head on. You may even think of solutions that will stop you from worrying about them through the night.

A Soothing Soak

Finally, an hour before bed, run yourself a nice, hot, bath. You can fill it with soothing salts if you like. The aim of this activity is to relax your body as well as your mind. One of the main causes of a restless night’s sleep is muscle pain. A long soak will soothe your muscles and make sure you’re ready to rest and rejuvenate your body.

by Brian Cooper