Without enough sleep, every little obstacle can feel like a mountain. With a good night’s rest, it feels like you can take on anything.
Get better rest to feel better emotionally, avoid getting sick, succeed at school and stay sharper during the day. The CDC describes promotion of regular sleep as sleep hygiene. Here are six ways to sleep better:
- Stick to a routine. Make sure you wake up at around the same time every day. Go to bed as close to the same time every night. Keeping a steady rhythm helps teach your brain to “turn off” at bedtime.
- It matters where you sleep. Make the bedroom sleep-friendly. Your bed should be comfortable and clean. You should avoid using the bed for studying or reading. Don’t keep a computer or television in your bedroom.
- Create a sleep-friendly environment. Pretend like your bedroom is your sleep cave. You should keep the temperature even and cool. The room should be dark. If you’re sensitive to light, even a bright clock or gadget can disrupt your sleep. Use a white noise machine if you’re frequently interrupted by sounds.
- Don’t pig out before bedtime. Big meals or even big snacks too close to bedtime can mess with your sleep. Try to eat at least a few hours before bed. Don’t drink too much liquid before bedtime and avoid caffeine and alcohol.
- Work out. Exercise helps you sleep, as long as you don’t work out right before bedtime. Try taking a daily walk or doing cardio every day to help your body wind down for bedtime.
- Get help if you need it. If you find yourself tossing and turning, just get out of bed and exit the bedroom completely. Go read a magazine or watch some lighthearted television. If the problem persists, talk to your doctor about your sleep issues.