I’m not a morning person and part of the reason why is because I am a terrible sleeper. I’ve struggled with insomnia since I was a teenager, and now that I have the stress of the real world, my sleep struggles have gotten even worse. I’ve taken medication for it before but hated the way I felt so I’ve been sticking to more natural methods and revising my sleeping habits.
There are a lot of bad sleeping habits that people have which lead to insomnia, and they can be really hard to break. I’m not good with breaking habits either, so try to use tips that will help me sleep better even if I’m not sleeping as much. If you want to get the best sleep ever, click through below for some tips:
Have A Sleep Schedule
Setting a bedtime for yourself is one of the best things you can do to get a good night's rest. There's a reason your parents made you go to bed at a certain time when you were little. It's because it works! Give yourself a bedtime and stick to it.
Put Socks On
Studies show that people fall asleep faster when their feet are warm. If you have trouble falling asleep, throw on a pair of socks and keep your extremities warm. You'll be asleep in no time!
But Keep Your Room Cool
The ideal sleeping temperature is between 60 and 67, according to science. Even though keeping your extremities warm helps you fall asleep more quickly, sleeping in a cooler temperature helps you have a less disruptive sleep. So cool your room down before you hop under the covers!
Stay Away From Illuminated Clocks
The soft glow of an alarm clock or a cell phone can disrupt your sleep, even if you don't know it. Sleep texting has become such a problem because people are waking up due to their phone glowing and buzzing, but they have no idea it's happening. If you have an illuminated alarm clock, it can cause you to wake up more easily. If you need a clock, put an analog one near you instead.
Keep It Dark
The darker you can get your room, the better. While an alarm clock can disrupt your sleep, so can other lights like light coming in through the window, car lights or the glow of a computer screen. Try using a sleep mask! I just started using one, and it's helping a lot.
Turn Off Your Devices
Using electronic devices before bed can keep you up and can cause you to wake up during the night because they stimulate your brain. Do yourself a favor and stop using your electronics at least 30 minutes before bed.
Wake Up At The Same Time
Going to bed at the same time every night can really help you out and so can waking up at the same time every morning. I know it's awesome to sleep in on the weekends, but keeping a regular sleep schedule gets your body into a rhythm that will make you sleep a million times better.
Do you do any of the above? Do they help? Do you have trouble sleeping? What other sleep tips do you have? Tell us in the comments!