6 tips for a great sleep (and don't we all need one?)

So you’ve counted sheep, had three glasses of warm milk and a turkey sandwich and you’re still staring at the ceiling? Not getting enough sleep has devastating consequences on all aspects of your life. Your body is not able to repair itself and your immune system is depleted, leaving you vulnerable to disease.

When your brain is not adequately rested, you will have difficulty concentrating, retaining information or being your wickedly imaginative self. Stress levels go through the roof when you can’t get a good night’s sleep and your co-workers may begin to worry about your less-than-pristine appearance and your constant moodiness. If you are burning the candle at both ends, there are ways to help get to sleep and stay asleep so that you can wake up as your own awesome self.

Stop drinking coffee after lunch: Yes, you need it in the morning and none of us are brave enough to suggest you get off the coffee completely, but drink tea after lunchtime. Caffeine stays in the body much longer than you think.

Move the TV out of the bedroom: The bedroom should be dedicated to sleeping as this will help to condition you to fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow.

Spice up your love life: It may be the last thing you feel like doing, but sex relieves stress and releases good hormones like serotonin which will help you to sleep.

Do some yoga: The combination of exercise and breathing will help to lower blood pressure, calm your mind and relieve stress.

Watch what you eat: Eating sufficient quantities of protein and carbs at dinner will help you to get a good night’s sleep. Avoid candy at least 3 hours before bed. Get plenty of magnesium to help combat insomnia.

Create a buildup: Start a going to bed routine. This should include keeping off the computer 1 hour before bed. An hour before bed, try to relax by taking a hot bath, doing yoga, listening to soothing music or reading a book. Make sure that you are calm and relaxed by the time you get into bed.

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