Do you have trouble falling asleep at night? You’re not alone. Check out these ten tips for a better night’s sleep.
1. Turn off the blue light
The blue light emitted by TV, computer and other screens stimulates the brain. Try a book instead.
2. Take a walk after dinner
Activity helps sleep more easily. Running and intense aerobic exercises should be avoided up to 4 hours before bed, but a stroll may be just the thing you need to clear your mind.
3. Positive thoughts
Try to turn off some of your stress by journaling the top three highlights from your day.
4. Create something
Take out a sketchpad, write a letter to your mom, draft a grocery list, a poem, or the first few pages to that novel you’ve been meaning to hash out.
If you enjoy meditating, that is even better! But you can start small with ten deep breaths, in through the nose, out through the mouth.
6. Take a hot shower
This one’s pretty self explanatory, but a hot shower is a great way to unwind before bed.
7. Have a cup of hot tea
Make sure to choose a caffeine free blend such as a sleepy or relaxation tea.
8. Your bed is for sleeping!
If possible, try to keep your bed as a sacred place not doing work or answering emails in bed. Doing work in bed will trigger stress, but if the bed is just for sleeping, your body will see the pillow and think tired!
9. Temperature is your best friend
Make sure you have the appropriate number of blankets, and if make sure you have the appropriate number of blankets and if it’s too warm, grab a fan. $20 is a slight investment for a better night’s sleep.
10. Stick to a schedule
It may be difficult to train your body to sleep and wake at the same time everyday (especially on the weekends) but it will be worth it. Sticking to a schedule will also help you wake up more refreshed.