When you’re not able to get good sleep, your entire being feels it. Not only is your body tired, but your mind isn’t able to function how it should, your emotions are more close to the surface, and your energy levels are completely gone. Knowing how important sleep is to normal function, it’s crucial that you do what it takes to get the rest your body and mind need. But for many people, sleep can be very elusive. So to help you start creating some better sleep habits and start sleeping more soundly, here are three ways you can start getting better sleep beginning tonight.
Start During The Day
When the sun starts going down and there’s less light exposure, your body generally starts producing melatonin, which helps put your body to sleep. However, if the light your body is exposed to doesn’t follow natural patterns, it can be hard to wake up or fall asleep when you want or need. To help with this, Rudy Mawer, a contributor to Healthline.com, recommends that you try to get more sun exposure during the day. Many adults don’t get the sunlight their bodies need throughout the day. This can make it hard for your body to get into a good rhythm for waking up or falling asleep. But by getting more sun during your waking hours, your body will be able to get into a better rhythm at night and help you get to sleep faster and stay asleep longer.
Give Yourself Time To Unwind
To signal your body that’s it’s time to start getting ready for sleep, you’re likely going to have to allow yourself time to unwind from your normal activities. According to Sarah Klein, one hour before you actually want to be asleep is generally a good time to start winding down and preparing for bed. To do this, turn off all electronics, including your phone, tablet, or TV. The light from these devices can make it hard for your body to relax and fall asleep. You can also create your own bedtime routine to help signal to your body and mind that it will soon be time to go to bed.
Feed Your Body Right
Everything you do with your body and put into your body can either make it easier or harder for you to go to sleep and stay asleep at night. With this in mind, the Mayo Clinic recommends that you don’t go to sleep too hungry or too full. Additionally, try not to partake of too much caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol when you’re wanting to go to sleep. All of these things can help keep you awake, which is the last thing you want when you’re attempting to go to bed.
If you’re looking for some simple ways to start sleeping better tonight, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you do just that.