Humans today live a lifestyle more fast-paced than ever before. We’re constantly keeping track of work, bills, emails, friends on social media… the list goes on. With all of these social and work responsibilities it’s sometimes hard to unwind at the end of the day and fall asleep on time at night.
Americans have some of the poorest sleeping habits on earth. One in three have what could be considered “mild insomnia.” While sleeping patterns vary between cultures, one thing is certain: getting enough quality sleep is vital to living a long and healthy life. Here are some changes you can make in the bedroom that will help you get more quality shut-eye.
Beds are for sleeping
Are you the type who stays in bed watching TV, eating, reading on your phone or laptop. If so, you might be losing sleep because of it. It’s important to train your body to know that when you’re in bed with the lights off it’s time to sleep.
Read in your kitchen or on the sofa at night rather than in the bedroom if you’re the type who has to be busy up until bedtime.
Clean your room
If your bedroom is messy, cluttered, or uncomfortable in any way it might be affecting your sleep. Clean things up to make it a more spacious, cozy environment.
Once you’ve cleaned, don’t stop there. Try adjusting the lighting and colors in your room as well. Studies have shown that the colors in our environment affect our mood. You don’t want bold, stimulating colors in a place devoted to sleep.
To make lighting adjustments, keep your shades or curtains open at night so natural light wakes you up in the morning. This is a good practice for your circadian rhythm (our 24-hour sleep cycle that helps us wake up and fall asleep naturally). If you do use lights in your room at night, use a soft, yellow light. Blue light, liek that emitted from most LEDs, is higher on the UV spectrum and tricks your body into thinking it’s daytime.
No phones in bed
Just like the LED lights mentioned above, your phone, laptop, and tablets all emit light that can keep you up. When darkness falls your brain begins producing melatonin (a chemical than makes you fall asleep). Staring into these screens inhibits that production, keeping you up later. You may feel that you’re “just not tired,” which is perfectly true. But it’s because you’re stopping your body from telling you it’s time for bed.
Some alternatives to looking at your phone would be to read or knit in bed while you wait to feel sleepy. Then you can just put them down and drift off to sleep.
Helpful bedtime tips:
- At night, set your phone’s brightness to very low and if you have an iPhone use the “night shift” mode that turns your phone’s light from blue to yellow
- Listen to calming, ambient music on your iPod that will take your mind off distracting thoughts
- Listen to an app or podcast designed to help you sleep
- If you can’t sleep after an hour or so, try getting up for a bit or having a protein-filled snack. Then try going back to bed
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