Catch More Zzzzz’s Without Counting Sheep
Everyone loves a good night’s sleep, but for some it is as elusive as the perfect selfie. With small changes you could see an improvement on your nightly slumber. Read on for how to improve your sleep habits and wake-up feeling rested and refreshed.
- Create (and stick to) a schedule. There are 8,000 things to get done every day and we often over commit ourselves. Make it a habit to schedule your sleep just as you would any other meetings or appointments and make sure you stick to your schedule. This includes your wake times too! Getting up at the same time every day, even weekends, will ensure that your body will be ready for sleep at your predetermined bedtime.
- Shut down your devices. Blue light emitted from our phones and TVs has been found to disrupt sleep patterns so try to avoid your devices right before bedtime. If you MUST be on your device late at night, try switching it to night mode or wearing blue light blocking glasses.
- Get in a sweat sesh. Exercise is a great way to improve your overall health and it has also been found to benefit your sleep quality, especially if you get your sweating done in the mornings. If you prefer to workout at night, aim to finish your session two to four hours prior to bedtime to allow your body time to properly cool down and prepare for rest.
- Heat it up. Taking a warm shower of bath at night can help you relax and get your body prepped for sleep. The increase in your body’s temp during the shower or bath will react with the cooling down of your body after you are finished and help you drift off faster. Plus, you can throw in some calming scents and really promote the relaxation!
- Cool it down. Turns out there is an ideal temperature for sleep! The National Sleep Foundation recommends setting your thermostat at 67 degrees for optimal sleeping. If you run hot no matter what, try some of the new cooling sheets or look into a temperature controlled mattress.
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