Whether it's the heat, the stress of life, or the stress of the day's news, there is a lot that can keep you up at night. Sleep is one of the most important things we can do to stay healthy and energized. A lot more goes into getting a good night's sleep than just resting your head on the pillow, so here are some tips to get some shut-eye:
- Increase bright light exposure during the day. You probably already know that it's beneficial to keep your room dark while you sleep, but did you know that it's also beneficial to get enough bright light during the day? These contrasts help tell your body when it's time to go to sleep. This natural clock is called your circadian rhythm.
- Reduce blue light exposure during the evening. The light coming off our devices (including our smartphones, tablets, and TVs) is called blue light and this blue light can mess with your sleep cycle. Try to limit blue light at least 2 hours before bed. Some devices come with a setting that automatically "warms" the light to limit these blue hues.
- Try to wake up and go to sleep at consistent times: Another way to set your body's circadian rhythm up for success is to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends.
- Set your bedroom temperature: Did you know that the temperature in your bedroom can affect your sleep? Some studies show that temperature matters even more than noise. Some sleep experts recommend keeping your bedroom around 70 degrees.
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Tip adapted from Healthline.com February 27,2020
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