6 Proven Ways to Help You Sleep Better At Night
Some nights, falling asleep feels nearly impossible. We all know the feeling of tossing and turning all night long. Once you finally fall asleep in the early hours of the morning, you awake to feel drained and unrested in the morning. It’s important to know that there are several things you can do to improve your sleep. Continue reading for 6 things that will help you get better sleep at night, and start feeling rested and rejuvenated as soon as tomorrow morning!
Steer Clear of Caffeine
Caffeine is one of the most common culprits of preventing you from a good night’s sleep. Avoid caffeine for at least four to six hours prior to heading to bed. Caffeine is found in coffee, tea, chocolate, soda, and many other products. If you’re craving a soda or coffee before bed, opt for the decaffeinated versions instead. If you’re craving chocolate before bed, just don’t eat it. Chocolate is proven to lead to nightmares, which will also leave you with a restless night.
Only Sleep When You’re Tired
This probably sounds odd to most. However, if you’re not feeling tired, refrain from going to lay in bed to try to fall asleep. This will only lead to you struggling to go to sleep for hours. If you haven’t fallen asleep after 20-30 minutes of trying, leave your room. Listen to music or read a book in the living room until you feel tired. Then, try laying in your bed again and you’ll likely fall asleep rather quickly. Your bed should be a place where you go when you ARE tired, not when you’re TRYING to be tired.
Turn Off Your Devices
Your electronic devices emit blue light, which elicit the feeling of daytime in your brain. This can make it extremely difficult for you to fall asleep. The simplest solution is to turn off all phones, smartwatches, computers, and TVs two hours before heading to bed. This will allow your eyes a break from the blue light, and give you time to wind down. If shutting off all devices isn’t an option for you, install night light filters on your electronics or wear blue light glasses. Both of these solutions will block out a majority of blue light being emitted.
Create A Nighttime Routine
Speaking of winding down before bed, you should form a routine for yourself each night. Take a hot shower or bath, read a book, stretch, or listen to relaxing music. Head to bed at the same time every night to get your brain and body in a night-time routine. Once you have a routine, consistent sleep patterns will develop a sleep/wake cycle for your body to follow. While this may be a hard adjustment to make at first, it’ll be worth it when you begin sleeping much better at night.
Be Smart About Naps
When deciding to take a nap during the day, do it in a way which will benefit you. Short power naps taken earlier on in the day can benefit your daytime brain function. Healthy naps are only 30 minutes or less and should only be taken once a day. If you take naps for hours at a time or fall asleep later in the afternoon, your nighttime sleep can suffer. Many find these naps cause them to not be able to fall asleep at night or cause them to wake up throughout the night. Avoid poor quality sleep by being smart with your napping schedule.
Most of us find it most comfortable to sleep in a cool, dark room, and these conditions are actually proven to help you sleep better. If your home’s HVAC system isn’t working at maximum efficiency, you may be finding it hard to fall asleep and stay asleep each night. Have the HVAC professionals out to inspect and service your comfort system. Not only will it save you money on energy bills when your system operates efficiently, but routine maintenance will keep you and your family more comfortable as well by ensuring your system is clean and working properly.
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