Let’s face it – there’s only so much that coffee can do. We all dream (figuratively) of more nights of blissful sleep, so why not make that a reality? Healthy sleep habits can make a big difference in your quality of life. They allow you to be the best version of yourself and give you the physical energy and mental clarity to accomplish your goals. Like any other habit, consistency is key, and there’s no better time than the present to start getting better sleep. Here are four tips for getting some good shut-eye.
Put your phone to bed first
Scrolling through social media and checking email before bed? The blue light emitted by our phones, computers, and tablets prevent our brains from telling our bodies that it’s time to sleep. Break this habit by keeping your phone in a different room of your apartment at night. If you can’t do that, try cutting off usage one hour before you plan to go to bed. A less drastic option is a screen filter or filter app for your device. These can that reduce the amount of blue light emitted.
Stick to a sleep schedule
Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day helps establish your internal clock. By building this habit, your brain will learn when to send sleep signals to your body. This will naturally help you unwind and get ready for bed. If you do it right, it will even get you up at the same time every morning.
Make the weekends count
Keep the great sleep coming by sticking closely to your regular weekday sleep schedule. On the weekends, waking up at the same time is key. Compensate for a late night out with a short nap. Just keep your morning routine in place.
Sleep on a pillow that supports you
If you’re looking for an excuse to get new pillows, here’s your chance. The right pillow should keep your neck in a neutral position. It should support the natural curve of your spine. If you’re comfortable when you get into bed, but wake up exhausted and stiff, your pillow may be to blame. Invest in a pillow with good support and enjoy the kind of sleep you’ve always dreamed of.