It may seem weird that with all of this “at home downtime” some may have trouble sleeping or relaxing. However, with an interruption of one’s regular schedule, their sleeping patterns may in turn be thrown off as well. Wanting to wake up feeling refreshed can be hard after a night of tossing and turning. Your body needs sleep to keep you functioning at your best. If you’re having some trouble getting a good nights rest, check out our tips below for what you can do to make sure you catch some Zzz’s.
Schedules are incredibly important. They keep you on task and help you feel like you’ve been productive throughout your day. They are also a key component to sleeping. If you’re able to get to bed at the same time every night and wake up around the same time, this will help train your body and regulate your sleeping patterns.
Of course everyone has their days of rest, but even light exercise at some point during your day can help you get some rest later. Whatever part of the day works for you, get up and get your body moving. Remember, even a little bit is better than nothing.
Say YES to Decaf
Coffee may be the first thing you reach for in the morning to help get you going. That’s totally fine! However, as the day moves along, eliminating caffeine after 1pm may prove to be effective in helping you get to sleep faster. After all, it is caffeine! That includes tea, energy drinks, and sometimes certain sweets like chocolate.
Sure, you may be well versed in stretching before and after a workout, but did you know that stretching before bed can help you unwind? Taking five minutes to stretch your muscles before climbing into bed can help release any built up tension.
Reduce Screen Time
Blue light exposure lives with many of us throughout the day. The time you spend looking at your phone, computer, and television can seem endless. The blue light is actually activating your brain which can make it hard to fall asleep. If you stop using your electronics at least 30 minutes before bed, you may find it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.
There could be many different factors as to why you are having trouble sleeping. The good news is that there are simple steps you can take to try and make it easier.
Sources: SleepFoundation.org, sleepadvisor.org, Pexels