If you have trouble falling asleep and sleeping through the night, it might not be your fault. You might think that stress is keeping you awake at night, but it could be your nighttime routine. Here are some simple tips you can use to create a more sleep-friendly nighttime environment.
- Limit consumption of liquids a few hours before your regular bedtime. Those nighttime trips to the bathroom disrupt your sleep and make getting back to sleep that much harder.
- Do not keep your tablet, smartphone and other electronic devices in the bedroom. The blue light those devices give off can disrupt your sleep patterns and make sleep harder to achieve.
- Invest in blackout curtains if your normally turn in while it is still light outside. The light coming in your window tells your body it is time to get up instead of go to sleep.
- Avoid caffeinated beverages for at least an hour before bedtime. The caffeine will make you jittery and make it harder to get to sleep.
- Try not to watch TV or use the computer in bed. The bed should be for sleeping.
- Use sleeping pills sparingly. They can be habit-forming, and their effectiveness is often reduced with repeated use.
- Exercise before you go to bed. It will help make you tired and allow you to get a good night’s sleep.