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Block Blue Light
We all have different ways to relax and wind down at the end of the day. Many of us turn to watching TV or scrolling through our phones right before bed, but it turns out that these habits might be bad for our sleep health. The reason for this is that electronic screens emit blue lights, which can strain our eyes and tell our bodies it’s not actually time to sleep. Our bodies circadian rhythms dictate our sleep patterns and blue screen devices can alter these schedules when used late at night and make it harder for us to fall asleep.
The tech industry has come up with a few ways to combat this issue. If you don’t want to give up screen time before falling asleep there are special glasses and apps you can use to minimize the effect of blue light on your eyes.
Sometimes we need that afternoon cup of coffee to get us through our afternoon. But did you know that a coffee at 3 p.m. could be the reason you can’t fall asleep at night? Caffeine will stay in your blood system for several hours after consumption, so it might be time to rethink that late cup of coffee or soda with dinner. Opting for a decaf or caffeine-free beverage could be your ticket to a better night’s sleep.
Establish A Routine
Getting your body to know it’s bedtime is one trick to sleeping better. Creating a routine will help guide your body into a calmer state for better quality sleep. These rituals are all about winding down and relaxing.
Incorporating simple yoga moves or meditation into your nightly routine is a great way to escape your daily stress and prepare you for bed. Reading in bed will help you avoid blue lights and calm down before falling asleep.
It’s also helpful to set a time that you want to be in bed by. Even if you’re not necessarily ready to sleep, physically being in bed will help send signals to your body that it should start winding down for the night.
Getting better sleep is about developing and adjusting your habits. Once you become aware of your current night time schedule it will just come down to which tactics make the most impact on your sleep health.
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