7 Tips for Better Sleep Inspired by St. Patrick’s Day

Everyone, Irish or not, should feel lucky today because your night is about to get really good. These sleep tips inspired by St. Patrick’s Day are all about helping to improve your snooze. Cheers to that!

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Take a walk in the park

The rolling hills and gorgeous green spaces in Ireland, like the Grand Canal Walk or Dingle Way, inspire travelers and locals alike to head outdoors. For a good night’s sleep, find a beautiful natural setting, lace up your sneakers, and go. Studies show that exercise and exposure to nature and sunlight help regulate your sleep-wake cycle, reduce stress, and more.

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Hang out at the pub

Ireland’s pub culture is legendary, but it’d be a mistake to think it’s only about drinking. Pubs are community hubs where family and friends gather and connect. One study of college students showed that those who spent time spent with friends experienced fewer sleep problems. Researchers believe there may an association between social ties and sleep.

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Eat grass-fed dairy

Grass-fed butter and yogurt from Ireland have a cult following around the world, and these foods also contain the sleep-promoting amino acid, tryptophan.

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Read an Irish author

Instead of scrolling through Instagram before bed (we’re guilty, too) — research shows exposure to blue light can disrupt sleep — read a book by a renowned Irish writer, like James Joyce or Marian Keyes. #Bookclub, anyone?

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Listen to Enya

Your mom was right: Enya — the popular Irish singer with the ethereal voice — would probably land in the top 10 of most relaxing music. Another laid-back soundtrack? Irish harp tunes. Now you know.

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Drink tea the Irish way

When it comes to countries that drink the most tea per person, Ireland comes in second place at 4.8 pounds of tea for each individual (Turkey is first and the UK is third). Make your tea the Irish way, by pouring the milk into the cup first (to avoid cracking your fine china with hot water), and then add your soothing bedtime brew.

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Count sheep

According to Ireland’s census data and crops and livestock survey from 2016, the country had about 5.2 million sheep and 4.8 million people. Sheep for the win.

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