Not getting enough sleeping isn’t just frustrating, it can affect your health, too. Without the proper amount of sleep, your brain slows down, you lose focus, you’re more susceptible to infections and colds, and you just feel lethargic and unenergetic all day long. Fortunately, there are few easy steps you can take to remedy the issue if you’re not getting the sleep you need.
Want to learn how to get better sleep and start sleeping soundly again? Try the following:
- Avoid screens for at least an hour before bed. TV, computer, and e-reader screens are a no-no before hitting the hay. They wake up your brain, and make it hard to get in that “ready-to-sleep” mode. If you really want a good night’s sleep, turn off all electronics at least an hour before bed. Read a book, write in a journal, or just talk with your family before turning in.
- Keep a sleep schedule. Sticking to a strict sleeping schedule is a great way to sleep more soundly. Over time (and with consistency), your body’s internal clock will sync up with this schedule, and you’ll be tired at the perfect time every night.
- Steer clear of excessive caffeine. Caffeine’s OK in the morning, but don’t over-do it and don’t have any in the afternoon or evening. Having too much caffeine or drinking it too close to bedtime can leave you wired and unable to fall asleep.
- Turn the temperature down. Studies show that people sleep most soundly at cold temperatures, with around 65 degrees Fahrenheit being the ideal setting. That might sound chilly, but it actually works. So give it a try the next time you have sleeping troubles.
- Avoid the bed when it’s not time to sleep. Condition your body to know that when you’re in bed, it’s time to sleep. Don’t read, eat, or watch TV there, as it sends your body (and your brain) the wrong signals.