Here are 5 simple tips for a good night’s sleep, so you’ll be ready to take on the world the next day.
1) Have a regular bedtime schedule
Bedtime schedules aren’t just for kids. When you have a consistent sleep schedule every day (yes, even on weekends!), your body will get used to the sleep–wake cycle, which aids better sleep at night.
Regular exercise helps you fall asleep faster, and enjoy a deeper sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime; the endorphins may keep you awake instead!
3) Eat and drink smarter
Being too full or too hungry can keep you up at night, so planning your mealtimes accordingly will help. Drinks can also affect your ability to fall asleep. For instance, the effects of caffeine can last for hours, making it harder for you to fall asleep. Also, that nightcap may seem like a good idea to help you feel sleepy, but it can disrupt your sleep after the alcohol wears off later in the night.
4) Create a bedtime ritual
Doing the same thing every night is a great way to tell your body to get ready for sleep. Try developing a habit of listening to soothing music or reading a book just before bedtime, preferably with the lights dimmed. However, do be mindful of using electronic devices, as they may interfere with your sleep quality.
5) Keep your mobile devices away
Studies have shown that the backlit display of a mobile phone, specifically blue light, can drastically affect the quality of sleep as it suppresses your body’s sleep chemicals. Try keeping your phone far away from your bed, and reduce your usage just before bedtime.