Falling asleep can be difficult. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle; finding the perfect position, getting comfy, not being too hot (or too cold), getting that hair out of your armpit, claiming territory back from your significant other…
We get it. If all that wasn’t enough, we live stressful lives. Day to day pressures can cause a buildup of tension, anxiety, and general restlessness which makes falling asleep even more of a chore. Hours of screen time and daily social media usage can also take its toll, as exposure to blue light can wreak havoc on our ability to switch off.
If reading War and Peace isn’t quite lulling yourself off to dreamland, look no further; we have some answers. The Sleep Foundation has given us the lowdown on how to make sleep as simple as counting sheep. Stop hitting snooze on good bedtime habits and start making those eight hours count.
Reduce your caffeine intake
Caffeine is a stimulant, which can prevent adequate sleep; particularly in those who are extra sensitive to its effects. Experts recommend having your caffeine fix earlier in the day, and cutting off your daily coffee consumption before 3pm.
Avoid late-night snacking
Eating or drinking too close to sleepy time can cause heartburn or regular running to the loo. The idea is to minimise as many potential interruptions to your sleep as possible. While alcohol can make you feel drowsy, it will often interfere with the quality of your snooze. No more midnight munchies for you, ma’am.
Turn off those devices
Social media, TV, and games all stimulate our brain, while bright screens throw off our body clock with their blue light. Experts recommend to stop using electronic devices at least an hour or two before bed, and to sleep in a cool, dimly lit room that will signal to your body that bedtime awaits.
Make peace with your bed
Keep your bed as your own personal sanctuary. Studying or working in bed (or in the bedroom in general) can create negative connotations between your mind and your mattress. Experts say the bedroom should be kept purely as a space of sleep and sex. If you can’t sleep, don’t make yourself stay in bed getting progressively more frustrated. Get up and do something relaxing until you’re ready to doze off to dreamland.
Schedule your sleep
Go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day (e.g. making sure you’re asleep by 11pm to wake up at 7am). This is one example of your circadian rhythm, a process in the body which sets a sleep-wake cycle and subsequently regulates your energy throughout the day. A monitored sleep-wake cycle is essential to maintaining good quality slumbers.
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