8 Tips to Improve Your Sleep
Research suggests that 40% of the adult population does not get the recommended 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night. So what can you do to improve your sleep?
Healthy sleep habits can make a big difference in your quality of life. Getting the recommended amount of sleep on a regular basis is linked with better health, including improved attention and memory, the ability to control emotions, your overall quality of life, and mental and physical health.
Adults that regularly get less than seven hours of sleep a night have been linked with poor health, including weight gain, having a body mass index of 30 or higher, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and depression.
Almost all of us could use a better night’s sleep. Yet improving your sleep can seem like a daunting, complicated, and even impossible task. Luckily, there are a few basic, easy to follow tips that can help to improve sleep.
HERE ARE 8 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR SLEEP:
- Turn off the tech. The blue light emitted from screens wakes you up and turning on night mode doesn’t solve the problem. Watching shows or reading articles stimulates the brain and makes it harder to fall asleep. Try reading a familiar book instead.
- Keep a consistent sleep schedule. This helps to regulate your body’s clock and could help you fall asleep and stay asleep for the night.
- Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual. A relaxing wind down routine before bedtime, conducted away from bright lights, helps separate your sleep time from activities that can cause excitement, stress or anxiety which can make it more difficult to fall asleep, get sound and deep sleep, or remain asleep.
- Exercise daily. Exercise and sleep are both part of a healthy lifestyle. But exercise can interfere with a good night’s rest if it’s done too close to bedtime. Avoid exercise at least 3 hours before you plan on sleeping. This allows your body enough time to relax before falling asleep.
- Improve your sleep environment. Design your sleep environment to establish the conditions you need for sleep. Your bedroom should be cool – between 65 and 68 degrees. Your bedroom should also be free from any noise that can disturb your sleep. Finally, your bedroom should be free from any light. Check your room for noises or other distractions. This includes a bed partner’s sleep disruptions such as snoring. Consider using blackout curtains, eye shades, ear plugs, “white noise” machines, humidifiers, fans and other devices.
- Sleep on a comfortable mattress. Make sure your mattress is comfortable and supportive. The one you have been using for years may have exceeded its life expectancy – about 8 or 10 years for most good quality mattresses.
- Watch your diet before bed. Eating big or spicy meals can cause discomfort from indigestion that can make it hard to sleep. If you can, avoid eating large meals for two to three hours before bedtime. Try a light snack 45 minutes before bed if you’re still hungry.
- Avoid liquids an hour before bed. Hydration is important, but so is sleep. Go to the bathroom right before bed to avoid waking up in the middle of the night.
Change doesn’t happen immediately. It takes commitment and repetition, but ultimately following these simple rules can help you sleep better.
If you’re still having trouble sleeping, don’t hesitate to speak with your doctor or to call one of our sleep medicine specialists here at Comprehensive Sleep Care Center. It could be a more serious sleep disorder like sleep apnea or chronic insomnia.