5 Hacks on Improving Sleep Habits
Not getting anywhere close to the recommended hours of sleep per night? Don’t stress — it’s the last thing you’ll want to do as stress may already be a cause of sleep issues in the first place. Simply stop and acknowledge that sleep may be a challenge for you at this time and know that there are steps you can take to improve sleep hygiene.
Here are some simple yet effective ways to make sleep a priority.
#1 Create a Sleep Schedule and Stick to it
Think evening routines are just for kids? Think again! Having a set sleep schedule can make a huge difference in your sleep habits. Start by picking a time you’ll go to bed each night and set aside 30-60 minutes before to just wind down from the day.
Stick to this schedule every single night, even on the days you may be tempted to stay up late and sleep in. The more of a routine you make this, the easier it will be to get those golden hours of sleep.
#2 Stay Away From Electronics Two Hours Before Bed
And speaking of an evening routine, try to stay away from electronics at least two hours before bed as blue light has been shown to suppress the production of melatonin, which may make it more difficult to fall asleep.
If you must be on your computer or tablet before bed, consider investing in blue light blocking glasses.
#3 Set Up Your Room For A Night of Restful Sleep
Sometimes something as simple as investing in blackout curtains, buying a new pillow or comfortable bed sheets, or lowering the temperature in your room is enough to help you get a better night’s rest.
#4 Exercise Regularly
Having a regular exercise routine is essential for all aspects of health, including sleep. Studies suggest that exercise helps improve sleep quality and also helps us fall asleep faster. So, if you don’t already have a regular exercise schedule, consider getting into the habit of moving your body regularly, even if it’s just a 15-minute daily walk!
#5 Consider Paint Color
While this may sound like the last thing that would affect your sleep, there are actually studies that suggest that the color of your bedroom may affect sleep. In fact, studies have shown that blue is the best and most calming color choice to support better sleep, with purple being stimulating and red being energizing.
The takeaway? If you are feeling inspired to paint your bedroom, go for a calming blue. It may just help you get some more Zs.