25 Feb Sleep Hygiene
Do wake up feeling refreshed, ready to tackle the day? According to the CDC, good sleep habits can make even a 5-hour night’s sleep feel like you’ve been on vacation for a week. Try these tips tonight for a solid night’s sleep.
Consistency Is Key
Don’t let the weekend tempt you to change your bedtime routine. Establishing a consistent sleep schedule and bedtime routine signals your body to anticipate bedtime which helps you fall asleep faster.
Set The Mood
Create an environment that invites you to relax. A quiet, dark, room set at a comfortable temperature will instantly encourage your body to unwind. If you’re not ready for bed or tired just yet, do some light stretching or listen to calm music.
You’ve read it everywhere: turn off your phone, tablet, and television at least thirty minutes before bedtime. Blue light emitted from screens suppresses melatonin production and can throw off your circadian rhythm by tricking the body into thinking it’s daytime. Turn electronics off and put your phone on “Do Not Disturb.”
Avoid The Kitchen
Like your mother scolded you as a child, late-night snacks or the last sip of wine are a moment on the lips, forever on the hips. Eating or drinking close to bedtime might not inhibit you from falling asleep, but stimulants often disrupt your sleep in the middle of the night as your body begins to process the substances.