It’s hard to get good sleep these days. There are a million little distractions all tugging at your attention. How is one to get some decent rest? Today we’re going to break down some of our simple tips for getting better sleep at night. Remember, the better the sleep you get, the healthier you’ll be.
Getting Better Sleep
Try to avoid caffeine later in the day. While there are lots of benefits of caffeine, you still don’t want to drink it within six hours of going to bed. Caffeine amps up your body’s nervous system, making you much less likely to get good sleep.
Nothing throws your body off more than taking long naps in the middle of the day. These long naps can seriously confuse your internal clock, making it harder for you to get to sleep or stay asleep. This results in a negative spiral, where you’re napping longer to make up for all the sleep you’re missing at night. Your best bet? Stop napping altogether.
Get Out More
Try to get out more during the daylight hours. Spend time out walking, in the sun, burning calories and wearing yourself out. When your body is exposed to more sunlight and activity, it makes your circadian rhythms react accordingly.
Your circadian rhythms are the natural functions your body goes through to help you sleep well and wake up on time. Modern life, especially if you don’t get out enough, can lead to disruptions in your rhythms. So, try to get out more to encourage your normal body’s day/night rhythms.
Less Blue Light
You should also try to take in less blue light during the evening. Blue light makes your body wake up more, as it looks like light from the sun’s own rays. This makes your circadian rhythms work against you and keep you up later!
Consider turning on Night Mode on your phone, installing a blue-light filter on your laptop, or even buying blue-light filtering glasses.