You might be heading to bed early enough to get 8 hours of sleep at night but despite that, you wake up feeling exhausted. Even if you’re getting enough sleep, it doesn’t guarantee that it’s quality sleep, leaving many people wondering how they can start to sleep better at night.
If you avoid tackling your sleep issues, it can impact the rest of your overall health. That includes causing weight gain, stressing your immune system, making focusing difficult, and more—including potential long-term health effects like high blood pressure and heart disease.
If you’re one of the many people who suffer from sleep-related health issues, there are a few tips to help you get on track toward healthier sleep habits.
Colder, Darker Rooms
Creating the ideal sleeping conditions is key if you want to get the most out of your sleep. For humans, that often means creating a cold, dark space. If your room is too hot, you’ll end up tossing and turning—though you’ll likely sleep better in a room that’s colder than you’d normally like during the day, as your body warms up during the night. Likewise, light of any kind can distract your mind and prevent you from getting a proper night of rest. Set your thermostat accordingly and block your windows with blackout curtains if you need to.
Put Electronics Away
We already know there is evidence that light can impact how we sleep, but there’s emerging evidence that the kind of light electronics emits can negatively impact sleep as well. This kind of light is known as blue light, and while it helps us see our screens more clearly, it can also tell your brain that it’s time to wake up. When trying to get to bed for the night, try turning your electronics off earlier in the night and see if that has any significant impact on the way you’re sleeping.
Read Before Bed
Unplugging before bed is great, but how are you going to spend your time winding down if not by watching a screen? We recommend reading. A good book is one of the best ways to stay engaged enough before bed while still being able to cuddle up, get cozy, and eventually get some great rest.
It doesn’t feel great to finally get comfortable for the night, moments away from slipping into sleep, only to realize that you need to go to the bathroom. Hydration is important, there’s no denying it. That said, hydrating earlier on in the day by having a big glass of water with your lunch or even before you have coffee in the morning can go a long way in helping your sleep schedule.
Monitor Your Caffeine Intake
A big mug of coffee can be a necessity in powering through a tough work day and we’re not here to tell you otherwise. However, you should remember that caffeine can have a negative impact on your sleep. If you drink excessive amounts of caffeine or are consuming it later in the day, consider cutting back as it may be causing your sleep to suffer.
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